Farley is latest Hudson Valley newcomer to launch bid for Congress

Chele Chiavacci Farley’s move to Tuxedo Park from Manhattan before announcing her run for the 18th Congressional District this week makes her the latest Hudson Valley congressional candidate whose residency choices happened to coincide with political opportunities.

Rep. Antonio Delgado, the Democratic freshman representing the neighboring 19th District, moved to Rhinebeck from Montclair, N.J. in January 2017 and promptly launched his campaign for Congress. Four years earlier, fellow Democrat Sean Eldridge had bought a $2 million mansion in Ulster County and waged his own bid for the same seat, which ended with his getting trounced by then-Rep. Chris Gibson.

And Maloney, the Cold Spring Democrat whom Farley is seeking to dislodge, was, like her, living in Manhattan before he launched his first congressional campaign in 2012, although he had long owned a weekend home in Sullivan County – just outside the 18th District – before then. He bought a small house in Cold Spring for the campaign and moved to a bigger one nearby after winning his race against one-term Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth.

Hayworth, a Westchester County resident, had accused Maloney of having no roots in the district, just as his Democratic primary opponents did earlier, but he prevailed in both races nonetheless. (“I’m a full-time resident of Cold Spring,” Maloney told the Record before the primary. “This is my home, and I’m committed to it.”) Former Rep. John Faso, the one-term Republican and Kinderhook resident whom Delgado unseated, made similar carpetbagging charges against his challenger, also to no avail. Delgado did have upstate roots, though, having grown up in Schenectady.

Farley, who has lived in Manhattan for the last 26 years, registered as an Orange County voter in February, listing as her address a 6,230-square-foot house in the posh gated community of Tuxedo Park that was built in 1898 and priced for sale at $1.3 million in October, according to real estate listings. Farley said in an interview on Tuesday that she rented the house and has an option to buy it this summer.

“It is a house that is over 100 years old, and I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to fall apart first,” she said.

Asked if she now lives full-time in Tuxedo Park or if she also lives in Manhattan, Farley answered: “Well, my permanent residence is Tuxedo.”

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