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In the Matter of Daniel T. Warren v. Robert J. Bielecki

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


February 10, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF DANIEL T. WARREN,
PETITIONER,
v.
ROBERT J. BIELECKI, COMPTROLLER, TOWN OF WEST SENECA AND WALLACE C. PIOTROWSKI,
BUDGET OFFICER AND SUPERVISOR, TOWN OF WEST SENECA,
RESPONDENTS.

Matter of Matter of Warren v Bielecki

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.

Decided on February 10, 2012

PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, AND LINDLEY, JJ.

Proceeding pursuant to Public Officers Law § 36 (commenced in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department) for the removal of respondents from public office.

It is hereby ORDERED that said petition is unanimously dismissed without costs as moot.

Memorandum: Petitioner commenced this proceeding to remove respondents from public office pursuant to Public Officers Law § 36. Inasmuch as respondents no longer hold public office, the proceeding is moot (see Matter of Copp v Lankford, 283 AD2d 980; Matter of McCoach v Maine, 247 AD2d 784; Matter of DeFalco v Doetsch, 208 AD2d 1047, 1048). In any event, we note that, based on the findings of fact made by the Referee appointed by this Court, there would be insufficient grounds upon which to remove either respondent from office pursuant to Public Officers Law § 36, which requires evidence of "self-dealing, corrupt activities, conflict of interest, moral turpitude, intentional wrongdoing or violation of a public trust" (Matter of Jones v Filkins, 238 AD2d 954 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see also Matter of Morin v Gallagher, 221 AD2d 765).

Entered: February 10, 2012

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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