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Dr. Shari Camhi v. Glen Cove City School District

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


October 19, 2012

DR. SHARI CAMHI,
PETITIONER-PLAINTIFF,
v.
GLEN COVE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE GLEN COVE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ("BOARD"), RICHARD MACCARONE, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PRESIDENT AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, DAVID HUGGINS, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS VICE PRESIDENT AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, AND IDA MCQUAIR, GAIL NEDBOR-GROSS, BARIE DRATCH, JOEL SUNSHINE AND GRADY FARNAN, EACH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE GLEN COVE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Spatt, District Judge.

For a judgment pursuant to CPLR Article 78

ORDER

On or about December 4, 2011, the Plaintiff Dr. Shari Camhi ( "the Plaintiff") commenced a proceeding against the Defendants Glen Cove City School District; the Board of Education for the Glen Cove City School District; Richard Maccarone, individually and as President and a Member for the Board; David Huggins, individually and as Vice President and a Member of the Board; and Ida McQuair, Gail Nedbor-Gross, Barie Dratch, Joel Sunshine and Grady Farnan, each individually and as members of the Board of Education of the Glen Cove City School District (collectively, "the Defendants") in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau. The Plaintiff, an Assistant Superintendent of the Glen Cove City School District, asserted a hybrid claim, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and New York's Civil Practice Law and Rules ("CPLR") Article 78, alleging that the Defendants violated her Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights and her rights under the New York State Education Law when the Defendants adopted a resolution revoking a previous grant of tenure. On February 13, 2012, the Defendants filed a notice of removal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b) on the grounds that, because the Plaintiff alleged a § 1983 claim, the case fell within the Court's federal question jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331.

Presently before the Court is a letter motion, dated February 17, 2012, by the Plaintiff requesting the Court remand her Article 78 petition to state court, but consenting to the Court's jurisdiction over her § 1983 claims. By letter dated February 24, 2012, the Defendants opposed the Plaintiff's request. As set forth below, the Court denies the Plaintiff's motion without prejudice.

Local Civil Rule 7.1 for the Eastern District of New York provides that: (a) Except as otherwise permitted by the Court, all motions shall include the following motion papers:

(1) A notice of motion, or an order to show cause signed by the Court, which shall specify the applicable rules or statutes pursuant to which the motion is brought, and shall specify the relief sought by the motion;

(2) A memorandum of law, setting forth the cases and other authorities relied upon in support of the motion, and divided, under appropriate headings, into as many parts as there are issues to be determined; and

(3) Supporting affidavits and exhibits thereto containing any factual information and portions of the record necessary for the decision of the motion.

The only document submitted in support of the Plaintiff's motion is a letter, which was submitted as an attachment to her Counsel's notice of appearance.

Accordingly, the Court denies the Plaintiff's motion to remand her Article 78 petition to state court without prejudice to re-file the motion in accordance with Local Rule 7.1. The Plaintiff is directed to re-file the motion by November 8, 2012. In addition, the Defendants' currently filed opposition is deemed moot and the Defendants have leave to re-file such opposition in accordance with Local Rule 7.1 should the Plaintiff properly re-file her motion to remand. The Defendants are directed to file any opposition by November 28, 2012.

The Plaintiff is directed to file her reply, if any, to the Defendants' opposition by December 8, 2012.

SO ORDERED.

ARTHUR D. SPATT United States District Judge

20121019

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