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MATTER CITY NEW YORK v. VERNER CHRISTENSEN ET AL. (06/24/68)

June 24, 1968

IN THE MATTER OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
VERNER CHRISTENSEN ET AL., AS ASSESSORS OF THE TOWN OF WAPPINGER, APPELLANTS



55 Misc. 2d 905.

Beldock, P. J., Christ, Brennan and Hopkins, JJ., concur; Benjamin, J., concurs in the result, but adheres to the views expressed in his dissent in Matter of Putterman v. Tvedt (Order of the Supreme Court, Dutchess County, entered February 27, 1968, reversed, on the law and the facts, without costs, and appellants' motion to dismiss the petition and proceeding granted. Matter of Putterman v. Tvedt (28 A.D.2d 852) is dispositive of the issues presented here. However, it is pertinent to note that the charges and countercharges and the proffered issue of credibility of witnesses concerning the surrounding circumstances of an admittedly improper service of process illustrate the wisdom of the rule that the jurisdiction of the court in tax assessment review matters should rest on an objective statutory test (Real Property Tax Law, § 708; Matter of Putterman v. Tvedt, supra). The petition must be dismissed for failure to serve the process in accordance with the statutory mandate.

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