Matter of Matter of Perez v New York City Hous. Auth.
Decided on October 25, 2012
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Gonzalez, P.J., Moskowitz, Acosta, Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.
Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Alexander W. Hunter, J.), entered February 23, 2012, denying the petition to annul respondent's determination, which denied petitioner succession rights to the subject apartment as a remaining family member, and dismissed the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
Respondent's determination has a rational basis. The evidence shows that petitioner did not become an authorized occupant of her grandmother's apartment prior to the latter's death in February 2007 (see Matter of Valentin v New York City Hous. Auth., 72 AD3d 486 [1st Dept 2010]). Even if the grandmother's Permanent Permission Request to add petitioner and petitioner's daughter to her family composition had not been denied, petitioner would still have been ineligible for remaining-family-member status, since the request was submitted only weeks before the grandmother died and petitioner would not have satisfied the one-year continuous authorized occupancy requirement (see Matter of Daniels v New York City Hous. Auth., 66 AD3d 579 [1st Dept 2009]).
Contrary to petitioner's contention, respondent did not implicitly approve of her residence in the apartment. A governmental agency cannot be estopped from discharging its statutory duties when a claimant does not meet the eligibility requirements for succession rights to the apartment, even if the managing agent acquiesced in petitioner's occupancy (see Matter of Schorr v New York City Dept. of Hous. Preserv. and Dev., 10 NY3d 776 ; Taylor v New York State Div. of Hous. & Community Renewal, 73 AD3d 634 [1st Dept 2010]). Moreover, petitioner's mental health and her status as a single parent whose daughter is asthmatic are mitigating factors and hardships that the hearing officer was not required to consider (see Matter of Fermin v New York City Hous. Auth., 67 AD3d 433 [1st Dept 2009]). Nor did the payment of rent by petitioner confer succession rights on her (see Matter of Adler v New York City Hous. Auth., 95 AD3d 694 [1st Dept 2011]).
We have considered petitioner's remaining contentions and find them unavailing.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: OCTOBER 25, 2012
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