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Decided on August 31, 2011
APPELLATE TERM OF THE SUPREME COURT, FIRST DEPARTMENT
PRESENT: Torres, J.P., Shulman, Hunter, Jr., JJ
Order (Manuel J. Mendez, J.), dated September 23, 2010, affirmed, with $10 costs, for the reasons stated by Manuel J. Mendez, J. at Civil Court. Appeal from order (Manuel J. Mendez, J.), dated May 26, 2010, dismissed as academic.
We agree with Civil Court that the language of the governing commercial lease agreement between the parties clearly and unambiguously provided that the specified base rent was "inclusive of ... charges for electricity," which was thereafter "subject to increase or decrease" based upon the "cost of electricity." Where, as here, parties to a contract have "set down their agreement in a clear, complete document, their writing should ... be enforced according to its terms" (Madison Ave. Leasehold, LLC v Madison Bentley Assoc. LLC, 8 NY3d 59, 66 , quoting South Rd. Assoc., LLC v International Bus. Machs. Corp., 4 NY3d 272, 277-278 ). THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE COURT.
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Decision Date: August 31, 2011
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