Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Milton A. Tingling, J.), entered April 1, 2008, which, to the extent appealed from, denied defendant's motion to dismiss the action, unanimously affirmed, with costs.
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Gonzalez, P.J., Andrias, Buckley, Acosta, JJ.
The summons and complaint were filed on December 29, 2006, giving plaintiff until April 28, 2007, to effect service (CPLR 306-b). Proper service was made on the Secretary of State on March 30, after working out some procedural defects in the papers. On April 4, plaintiff's counsel consented to a 30-day extension for defendant to answer the complaint. Instead, defendant moved on May 2 to dismiss for failure to serve within the statute of limitations, which had expired on December 31, 2006.
Plaintiff demonstrated diligent efforts to serve defendant in a timely fashion. But for the courtesy extension to opposing counsel, he would have effectuated service within 120 days of the timely filing of the complaint. The court's ruling was a proper exercise of discretion in the interest of justice (see de Vries v Metropolitan Tr. Auth., 11 AD3d 312 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
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