- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2000

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a property owner and registered voter in both Arkansas and New York, has begun moving to New York to gear up for her tough Senate race.

"Hillary's going to be there [today] to begin the unpacking," said Karen Finney, a campaign spokeswoman. "By the end of next week, the president and Hillary will be fully moved into the house."

Mrs. Clinton, who is still suffering in the polls in part because she has never lived in the state, plans to move in before the Secret Service completes security on the Clintons' new $1.7 million home.

Aides say sufficient security is in place to let Mrs. Clinton sleep there tonight, although an 8-foot fence and guardhouse to be erected at the Clintons' home have yet to be built.

President Clinton, who is still registered to vote in Arkansas, expects to split his time between the Chappaqua, N.Y., home and the White House.

He "looks forward to moving to New York," said White House spokesman Jim Kennedy.

But Mr. Kennedy declined to comment on whether Mr. Clinton would register to vote in New York or stay registered in Arkansas, where he has not ruled out launching his own bid for a House or Senate seat after he leaves the presidency.

To prepare for her Senate bid, Mrs. Clinton will fly to New York today to begin unpacking boxes that arrived about 1 p.m. yesterday in two 26-foot trucks, Miss Finney said. About six workers unpacked a bed, chairs, rugs, and other items that the Clintons had kept at a Washington-area storage facility.

"The Clintons paid for the costs of all moving expenses themselves," said a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton's White House office, who asked not to be identified.

She said Security Storage Co., the same firm that moved the Clintons to Washington, handled the New York move.

Mrs. Clinton registered to vote in New York last month, according to Jeannie Palazola, spokeswoman for the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Unless someone challenges her residency, Mrs. Clinton will be able to vote in New York's March 7 primary. President Clinton will not, unless he registers 25 days before the election, according to Lee Daghlian, spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections.

When first contacted, he said Mrs. Clinton could not register in New York until she had lived "at the same residence for 30 days."

After he was told that Mrs. Clinton already registered last month in Westchester County, he said state law is "nebulous" about residency requirements.

"More or less, it is the honor system here," he said.

Mr. Clinton appears to be qualified to run for Congress from Arkansas, according to Carolyn Staley, the clerk and voter registrar for Little Rock's Pulaski County.

Miss Staley said the first couple are still registered voters there, using the address of the condominium owned by the first lady and her mother, Dorothy Rodham.

After Mr. Clinton was elected president and moved out of the governor's mansion, she or a staff member called Mr. Clinton to remind him to change his registration.

"If I know someone has moved, I usually try to remind them," said Miss Staley, who knew Mr. Clinton when he lived in Little Rock. "I won't just change it on my own."

Mrs. Clinton moved to New York amid much criticism over her 35-plus taxpayer-subsidized trips there on Air Force jets. She is now beginning to hear a chorus of criticism over her fund raising.

After The Washington Times reported Sunday that she and the president invited big Democratic donors to their White House year-2000 bash, at least two other news organizations noted that she appeared at 11 fund-raisers set up for her race by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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