It was conceded that on August 16, 1996, without a hearing, and as a result of the events which form the basis for the charges in this case, the Authority reassigned the respondent from a Level II supervisor to a Level I supervisor, with a significant cut in pay.
The Appellate Division rejected the Authority’s argument that “its action was a transfer permitted by Personnel Director rules without resort to a hearing” [Campbell v NYC Transit Authority, 253 AD2d 813], holding that Campbell was entitled to a Section 75 disciplinary hearing. The Court of Appeals denied the Authority’s petition to appeal on April 29, 1999 [93 N.Y.2d 805].
In July 1999 the Authority served Campbell with disciplinary charges setting out eight specifications of misconduct alleged to have occurred between May and August 1996. ALJ Fleischhacker, however, ruled that the agency’s delay in serving the charges until appeals related to the 1996 Article 78 action had been exhausted meant that they were filed too late.
Campbell contended that the statute of limitations in Section 75 began to run upon the commission of the alleged misconduct, was never tolled, and expired well before any charges were served. The Authority, on the other hand, argued that it was not until its effort to appeal the Appellate Division determination was denied by the Court of Appeals that it was obliged to serve charges.
Civil Service Law section 75(4) provides that “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, no removal or disciplinary proceeding shall be commenced more than eighteen months after the occurrence of the alleged incompetency or misconduct complained of and described in the charges . . ., provided, however, that such limitation shall not apply where the incompetency or misconduct complained of and described in the charges, would, if proved in a court of appropriate jurisdiction, constitute a crime.”*
Pointing out that all the Authority had to do “to toll the statute of limitations was to draft and serve the revised charges” in 1996, Judge Fleischhacker found that the Authority was time-barred from proceeding against Campbell.
* The statute of limitations for State employees designated “managerial or confidential” within the meaning of the Taylor Law is one year except where the charges, if proved in a court of appropriate jurisdiction, constitute a crime, in which case the one-year limitation would not apply.