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In the Matter of ROBERTO CIAPRAZI

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


November 24, 2010

IN THE MATTER OF ROBERTO CIAPRAZI, APPELLANT, V ANTHONY J. ANNUCCI, AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (O'Connor, J.), entered January 14, 2010 in Albany County, which dismissed petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, to review a determination of respondent Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services denying petitioner's request to be transferred to Romania.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Rose, J.P.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: October 21, 2010

Before: Rose, J.P., Lahtinen, Stein, McCarthy and Garry, JJ.

Petitioner, a Romanian national, is presently serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life for a number of crimes, including kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and robbery in the first degree. He submitted a request to the Commissioner of Correctional Services to be transferred to Romania for the remainder of his sentence (see Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, 35 UST 2867, TIAS No. 10824 [1983]; Correction Law § 71 [1-b]). The Commissioner's designee, respondent Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services, initially found petitioner ineligible for transfer pursuant to Correction Law § 5 (4), a point with which we disagreed (Matter of Ciaprazi v Goord, 50 AD3d 1270, 1271-1272 [2008]). The Deputy Commissioner thereafter denied petitioner's request on the merits, citing the seriousness of the crimes for which petitioner was convicted, his failure to accept responsibility for them, and objections to the transfer from prosecutors and petitioner's victims. After failing to obtain administrative redress, petitioner commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding. Supreme Court dismissed the petition and petitioner appeals.

We affirm. Petitioner does not have a right to be transferred to a foreign nation, and the Commissioner "retain[s] sole and absolute authority to approve or disapprove [petitioner's] application for transfer" (Correction Law § 71 [1-b]; see e.g. Bagguley v Bush, 953 F2d 660, 662 [DC Cir 1991], cert denied 503 US 995 [1992]).*fn1 Upon our review of the record, we cannot say that the Deputy Commissioner abused that broad discretion here (see Matter of Lugo v Goord, 49 AD3d 1114, 1115 [2008], lv denied 10 NY3d 714 [2008]; Matter of Burr v Goord, 8 AD3d 853, 854 [2004]).

Petitioner's remaining contentions have been considered and, to the extent they are properly before us, found to be without merit.

Lahtinen, Stein, McCarthy and Garry, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.

Robert D. Mayberger Clerk of the Court

ENTER:


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