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In re Application of Arcelormittal Lackawanna LLC

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


October 2, 2009

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF ARCELORMITTAL LACKAWANNA LLC, AND ARCELORMITTAL TECUMSEH REDEVELOPMENT INC., PETITIONERS-RESPONDENTS,
v.
CITY OF LACKAWANNA, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT, AND CITY OF LACKAWANNA SCHOOL DISTRICT, INTERVENOR-RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.
COUNTY OF ERIE, PROPOSED INTERVENOR-RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Donna M. Siwek, J.), entered June 9, 2008 in a proceeding pursuant to RPTL article 7. The order, among other things, denied the motion of County of Erie seeking to intervene in the proceeding.

PRESENT: HURLBUTT, J.P., CENTRA, FAHEY, PINE, AND GORSKI, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum

Supreme Court properly denied the motion of proposed intervenor, County of Erie (County), seeking to intervene in an RPTL article 7 proceeding in which petitioners challenged the tax assessment for certain commercial property. The motion was untimely, in light of the fact that the County was aware that petitioners had commenced seven prior consolidated RPTL article 7 proceedings and had failed to move to intervene in this proceeding until the trial in the consolidated proceedings had begun and the parties had entered into a court-approved stipulation of settlement (see Rectory Realty Assoc. v Town of Southampton, 151 AD2d 737; Matter of Buffalo Mall v Assessor of Town of Clarence, 101 AD2d 701).

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