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In Re Romeo Baloy, Etc v. Raymond Kelly

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


February 14, 2012

IN RE ROMEO BALOY, ETC.,
PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
RAYMOND KELLY, ETC.,
RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

Matter of Matter of Baloy v Kelly

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 14, 2012

Tom, J.P., Andrias, Catterson, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Emily Jane Goodman, J.), entered July 23, 2010, which denied the petition seeking, among other things, to annul respondent's determination to refuse to issue a "good guy" letter authorizing petitioner to carry firearms upon retirement, and granted respondent's cross motion to dismiss as time-barred this proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

When petitioner retired on July 28, 2006, he had not obtained the good guy letter that is required to obtain the subject pistol license. In August 2006, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) advised petitioner's wife in writing that his application for the license would be denied because, at the time of petitioner's retirement, he was on restrictive duty and ineligible to possess firearms. This letter was a "final and binding" determination and petitioner knew or should have known that he was "aggrieved" by it; accordingly, the four-month statute of limitations began to run, at the latest, upon receipt of the letter (CPLR 217[1]; see also Matter of O'Neill v Schechter, 5 NY2d 548, 554 [1959]). The court correctly found that the letter dated April 24, 2009 from petitioner's attorney was a request for reconsideration of the agency's determination, and thus did not extend the statute of limitations (see Matter of Eldaghar v New York City Hous. Auth., 34 AD3d 326, 327 [2006], lv denied 8 NY3d 804 [2007]). Further, because the letter dated May 6, 2009 from the NYPD reiterated that petitioner did not obtain a good guy letter upon retirement because of his restricted duty status, it was not a "new determination" that would suffice to revive the statute of limitations (id.).

The possibility of obtaining administrative relief had been exhausted when petitioner retired without a change in his restricted duty status (see Young Men's Christian Assn. v Rochester Pure Waters Dist., 37 NY2d 371, 375 [1975]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 14, 2012

CLERK

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