An appointing authority’s failing to make a timely designation of an individual to serve in lieu of the appointing authority in a §75 disciplinary action is a fatal omission
Bruso contended that the determination should be annulled because the Hearing Officer was biased. The Appellate Division rejected her argument. The court said that “… hearing officers are presumed to be free from bias, an appearance of impropriety is insufficient to set aside an administrative determination; [the] petitioner must provide factual support for his [or her] claim of bias and prove that the outcome flowed from that bias." Conceding that the Hearing Officer presided over the hearing on the December 2012 charges, the court said that Bruso failed to overcome the presumption and establish that the Hearing Officer prejudged the matter. (see Matter of Compasso v Sheriff of Sullivan County, 29 AD3d at 1065).