It took two elections, an investigation without much resolution, hundreds of thousands of city dollars and an apartment in Brooklyn's 40th District for Mathieu Eugene to become the first Haitian to serve in NYC's City Council. Eugene had been elected in a February special election after 40th District City Council member Yvette Clarke headed to Congress, but questions about his residency (he actively said he didn't live in the district, but then later claimed he had an apartment) became heated.

After much confusion, the city decided to hold another election after Eugene refused to sign an affidavit saying he did live in the 40th and refused to show lease papers. Now, Eugene's team tells the NY Times that he will sign an affidavit affirming he lives in the 40th District. Eugene won with 51% of the vote, followed by Harry Schiffman who had almost 25% and Wellington Sharpe who had 24%. His spokesman found the silver lining to a second victory by telling the AP, "[Eugene] was able to bring his message to more voters, to continue a dialogue with voters. The mandate was only greater the second time."

And there are some residency grumblings in the race to replace Staten Island Assemblyman Vincent Ignizio.