SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
January 5, 2010
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES M. (ANONYMOUS), APPELLANT,
CITY OF NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT, RESPONDENT (AND A RELATED PROCEEDING).
In a proceeding, inter alia, pursuant to Civil Service Law § 75-b to compel the City of New York Police Department to reinstate James M. to his position as a New York City police officer, and a related proceeding pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law article 81, James M. appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Rockland County (Weiner, J.), entered January 9, 2008, as denied his motion, inter alia, for reinstatement to his former position as a New York City police officer.
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.
STEVEN W. FISHER, J.P., JOSEPH COVELLO, FRED T. SANTUCCI and RUTH C. BALKIN, JJ.
(Index No. 6772/95)
DECISION & ORDER
ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, without costs or disbursements.
The doctrine of res judicata operates to preclude the reconsideration of claims actually litigated and resolved in a prior proceeding, as well as claims for different relief against the same party which arise out of the same factual grouping or transaction, and which should have or could have been resolved in the prior proceeding (see Mahler v Campagna, 60 AD3d 1009, 1011; Matter of Kafka v Meadowlark Gardens Owners, Inc., 34 AD3d 676, 677; Luscher v Arrua, 21 AD3d 1005, 1006-1007). Here, the Supreme Court properly determined that the doctrine of res judicata precluded it from entertaining the appellant's claims. Those claims had been litigated in a prior CPLR article 78 proceeding commenced by the court-appointed guardian of the appellant's property, which was resolved by a so-ordered stipulation in which the guardian agreed to discontinue the proceeding with prejudice (see Matter of State of New York v Seaport Manor A.C.F., 19 AD3d 609, 610; Dolitsky's Dry Cleaners v YL Jericho Dry Cleaners, 203 AD2d 322, 322-323). We also note that the appellant raised certain contentions on a prior appeal in this proceeding that were rejected (see Matter of James M., 275 AD2d 324), and that the contentions he raises on the instant appeal are substantially similar to those prior contentions (see Frankson v Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.,AD3d, 2009 NY Slip Op 06799, *3 [2d Dept. 2009]).
The appellant's remaining contentions are without merit.
FISHER, J.P., COVELLO, SANTUCCI and BALKIN, JJ., concur.
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