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Maurice Maynard v. Social Security Administration


October 31, 2012


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Amon, Chief United States District Judge.


On December 9, 2011, petitioner Maurice Maynard filed the instant pro se action against the Social Security Administration ("SSA") regarding Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") payments. By Order dated June 19, 2012, this Court dismissed the action without prejudice and entered judgment on June 21, 2012. (DE #13; DE #14.) On September 26, 2012, Maynard filed a "Motion to Reconsider," which includes a "Revised Complaint." (DE #15.) Maynard's request for reconsideration is denied.


In his handwritten submission, Maynard states that he has decided to drop "the punitive action for 5 million dollars" but that he wants to continue his demand for a lump-sum payment for the period of November 1, 2006 to January 1, 2011. The submission, however, does not suggest any grounds that would justify relief from the judgment.

The standard for granting a motion to reconsider under either Rule 60(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or Local Civil Rule 6.3 of the Local Rules of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is a strict one. Indeed, a district court will generally deny reconsideration unless the moving party can point to either "controlling decisions or data that the court overlooked-matters that might reasonably be expected to alter the conclusion reached by the court." Lora v. O'Heaney, 602 F.3d 106, 111 (2d Cir. 2010) (quoting Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d Cir. 1995)) (internal quotation marks omitted).

Maynard's September 26, 2012 submission fails to allege any controlling legal arguments or facts that this Court overlooked. As the Court previously explained in its June 19, 2012 Order, this Court cannot review Maynard's request for SSI benefits until he has exhausted his remedies available through the SSA. See Weinberger v. Salfi, 422 U.S. 749, 765 (1975). Maynard still has not shown that he has met the exhaustion requirement, and thus, as a consequence, the Court continues to have no "final decision" to review. See 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) (requiring a "final decision of the Commissioner made after a hearing to which [the claimant] was a party"); Matthews v. Chater, 891 F. Supp. 186, 188 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) ("It is well settled that . . . judicial review of Social Security benefit determinations is limited to 'final' decisions of the Commissioner made after a hearing, that available administrative procedures must be exhausted and that a final decision is a prerequisite for subject matter jurisdiction in the District Court.") (citing, inter alia, Califano v. Sanders, 430 U.S. 99 (1977)). Although, as this Court noted in its earlier Order, failure to exhaust can in certain limited circumstances be excused, the Court has already determined that no such basis for waiving the exhaustion requirements exists here, and Maynard has not articulated any reason to revisit that determination.


For the foregoing reasons, Maynard's motion for reconsideration is denied. As the Court previously explained, Maynard's recourse, should he want to receive SSI benefits, is to file a request for reconsideration with the SSA. 20 C.F.R. §§ 416.1336(b), 416.1404. The Court certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this Order would not be taken in good faith and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for purpose of an appeal. Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444-45 (1962).

SO ORDERED. Dated: Brooklyn, New York

Carol Bagley Amon Chief United States District Judge


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