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Henry v. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp.

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


December 30, 2008

MARY HENRY, ETC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
CENTRAL HUDSON GAS AND ELECTRIC CORPORATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Edgar G. Walker, J.), entered April 10, 2008, which, in an action for wrongful death and other personal injuries arising out of a motor vehicle accident in Ulster County, granted defendants' motion pursuant to CPLR 510(3) to change venue from Bronx County to Ulster County, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Tom, J.P., Friedman, Gonzalez, McGuire, Acosta, JJ.

23455/06

The court exercised its discretion in a provident manner in granting the motion to change venue, where defendants made the requisite showing that retention of this action in Bronx County would inconvenience nonparty material witnesses (see Hoogland v Transport Expressway, Inc., 24 AD3d 191 [2005]). Defendants submitted, inter alia, the affidavits of a witness who came upon the accident scene while plaintiff's decedent may still have been alive, of the police officer and EMS worker who responded to the scene and prepared reports detailing their actions at the scene, and of the now-retired Medical Examiner of Ulster County. All of the witnesses averred that they would be willing to testify in the case, but that traveling to Bronx County to testify would be inconvenient. Furthermore, the police officer and EMS worker stated that they would be inconvenienced by having to take a day off of work from their public service jobs to travel to Bronx County to testify, and inasmuch as the officer's testimony will bear on liability, and the paramedic has evidence respecting the injuries sustained in the accident, their testimony is material and the court appropriately considered their convenience (see Kennedy v C.F. Galleria at White Plains, 2 AD3d 222 [2003]).

We have considered plaintiff's remaining arguments and find them unavailing.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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