TO RESEARCH NYPPL POSTINGS type in your key word or phrase in the box at the upper left and tap enter.

N.B. “Cookies” provide a method for an Internet site to recognize a visitor and keep track of "visitor preferences." NYPPL does not use “cookies.” Google, its advertisers linked to this site by Google and others, however, may be using "cookies." A visitor's continuing to access NYPPL will be deemed to constitute the visitor's knowledge of, and the visitor's consent to, the use of "cookies" on NYPPL's LawBlog by Google, its advertisers and others.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The failure to serve a necessary party requires the dismissal of the proceeding


The failure to serve a necessary party requires the dismissal of the proceeding
2014 NY Slip Op 01696, Appellate Division, First Department

The Article 78 action involved an individual [Petitioner] seeking a court order annulling a decision of the New York City Civil Service Commission [CSC].

Petitioner was terminated from his employment by the New York City Department of Sanitation. CSC affirmed the Department’s decision and Petitioner appealed CSC’s ruling.

The Appellate Division sustained the Supreme Court granting CSC’s motion to dismissed Petitioner’s action, pointing out that Petitioner “concededly” failed to timely serve CSC, which was a necessary party* because CSC was the agency that made the decision challenged by Petition. The court explained that “[t]his failure to serve a necessary party required the dismissal of the proceeding,” citing Solid Waste Services, Inc. v City of New York, 29 AD3d 318 [leave to appeal denied, 7 NY3d 710].

The Appellate Division also sustained the Supreme Court declining to grant Petitioner an extension of time to perfect his appeal “notwithstanding the apparent absence of prejudice,” because of the Article 78 petition's “lack of merit.” Further, said the court, “Were we to reach the merits, under the extremely narrow scope of review applicable as [Petitioner] administratively appealed to CSC, we would find that [Petitioner} fails to demonstrate that CSC acted illegally, unconstitutionally, or in excess of its jurisdiction.”

* A party whose rights would be adversely affected by a determination of an appeal in favor of a petitioner is a necessary party and must be joined as such.

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2014/2014_01696.htm
.

Handbooks focusing on New York State and Municipal Public Personnel Law:

The Discipline Book - A 458 page guide to disciplinary actions involving public officers and employees. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5215.html

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - a 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5216.html

The Disability Benefits E-book: - This 810 page e-book focuses on disability benefits available to officers and employees in public service pursuant to Civil Service Law §§71, 72 and 73, General Municipal Law §207-a and §207-c, the Retirement and Social Security Law, the Workers’ Compensation Law, and similar provisions of law. For more information click on: http://section207.blogspot.com/

A Reasonable Penalty Under The Circumstances - a 618-page volume focusing on New York State court and administrative decisions addressing an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/7401.html

Caution:

Subsequent court and administrative rulings, or changes to laws, rules and regulations may have modified or clarified or vacated or reversed the decisions summarized here. Accordingly, these summaries should be Shepardized® or otherwise checked to make certain that the most recent information is being considered by the reader.

THE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. CHANGES IN LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND NEW COURT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS MAY AFFECT THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS LAWBLOG. THE MATERIAL PRESENTED IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.

Consistent with the Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations, the material in this blog is presented with the understanding that the publisher is not providing legal advice to the reader and in the event legal or other expert assistance is needed, the reader should seek such advice from a competent professional.

Items published in NYPPL may not be used for commercial purposes without prior written permission to copy and distribute such material. Send your request via e-mail to publications@nycap.rr.com

Readers may share material posted in NYPPL with others provided attribution to NYPPL is given.

Copyright© 1987 - 2016 by the Public Employment Law Press.



___________________



N.B. From time to time a political ad or endorsement may appear in the sidebar of this Blog. NYPPL does not have any control over such posting.

_____________________

.