"I know most of my neighbors, but him I've never seen."
—Oscar Rodriguez, 32
"I've never seen him."
—Patricia Fernandez, 31.
"I've never seen that face. Believe me, we sit here, we watch everybody go up and down the block."
—Jose Torres, 51
Why does this matter? Well, beyond the deeper philosophical problem of any representative not living in the area he represents, it's actually required in New York, so Vito could be in even more trouble here (though it's difficult to disprove someone's residency).
I asked newly minted Democratic District Leader (and non-Lopez allied Brooklyn Democratic reformer) Lincoln Restler for his take on "L'Affaire Sleepover" and he didn't mince words: "Facing federal investigation, living outside his district, abusing public monies for personal gain? Vito Lopez is now officially Pedro Espada without the $400 sushi habit."
When asked if he lives in the apartment where he says he lives, Mr. Restler replied, "yes." No stakeout is (as of yet) planned to verify Mr. Restler's claim.