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Cravatta v. New York State Dep't of Transportation

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


October 1, 2010

IN THE MATTER OF MICHAEL J. CRAVATTA AND CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, INC., LOCAL 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO,
PETITIONERS-RESPONDENTS,
v.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AND ASTRID C. GLYNN, AS COMMISSIONER OF NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, RESPONDENTS-APPELLANTS.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Paula L. Feroleto, J.), entered May 15, 2009 in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78. The judgment, insofar as appealed from, granted in part the petition.

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.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, PERADOTTO, SCONIERS, AND PINE, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment insofar as appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs and the petition is dismissed in its entirety.

Memorandum

Supreme Court erred in granting in part the petition seeking to annul the determination terminating petitioner Michael J. Cravatta from the position of Highway Maintenance Worker 2 by reinstating Cravatta to that position for the period of August 16, 2008 until September 22, 2008. As a condition of his employment, Cravatta was required to maintain a New York State Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL). Cravatta was properly terminated after his CDL was suspended because he lacked one of the credentials required for his position. Cravatta's termination was not disciplinary in nature and thus was subject to neither the arbitration clause in the collective bargaining agreement nor the provisions of Civil Service Law § 75 (see Matter of New York State Off. of Children & Family Servs. v Lanterman, 14 NY3d 275, 280-282; Matter of Felix v New York City Dept. of Citywide Admin. Servs., 3 NY3d 498, 505-506).

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