SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
December 23, 2011
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
CURTIS W. ZOLNER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
Appeal from a judgment of the Cattaraugus County Court (Larry M. Himelein, J.), rendered July 19, 2010.
People v Zolner
Decided on December 23, 2011
Appellate Division, Fourth Department
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: FAHEY, J.P., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, GREEN, AND GORSKI, JJ.
The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of aggravated vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.
Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of aggravated vehicular assault (Penal Law § 120.04-a  [a]) and driving while intoxicated (Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1192 ). The valid waiver by defendant of his right to appeal encompasses his contention that County Court erred in refusing to suppress his statement to the police (see People v Kemp, 94 NY2d 831, 833; People v Spencer, 87 AD3d 1284, 1285), as well as his challenge to the factual sufficiency of the plea allocution (see People v Simcoe, 74 AD3d 1858, lv denied 15 NY3d 778). Defendant's further contention that he was denied effective assistance of counsel with respect to both assigned and retained defense counsel does not survive the plea or valid waiver of the right to appeal inasmuch as "defendant failed to demonstrate that the plea bargaining process was infected by [the] allegedly ineffective assistance or that defendant entered the plea because of [the] allegedly poor performance[s by defense counsel]" (People v Paduano, 84 AD3d 1730, 1731 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see People v Bellamy, 85 AD3d 1395).
Defendant's contention that he was penalized for exercising his right to be represented by counsel of his own choosing does not implicate the voluntariness of the plea and thus it is also encompassed by his valid waiver of the right to appeal (see People v Doyle, 82 AD3d 564, lv denied 17 NY3d 805). In any event, that contention is belied by the record (see generally People v Arroyave, 49 NY2d 264, 270). Finally, although the further contention of defendant with respect to the voluntariness of his plea survives his waiver of the right to appeal, he failed to preserve that contention for our review, and this case does not fall within the narrow exception to the preservation requirement (see People v Morgan, 59 AD3d 950, lv denied 12 NY3d 857).
Entered: December 23, 2011
Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court
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