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In Re Anastasia Pazana v. New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development

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


December 13, 2012

IN RE ANASTASIA PAZANA, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION & DEVELOPMENT, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT,
VILLAGE VIEW HOUSING CORPORATION,
RESPONDENT.

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 December 13, 2012

Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz, Renwick, Clark, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Eileen A. Rakower, J.), entered October 31, 2011, denying the petition seeking to annul respondent New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development's determination which denied petitioner succession rights to the subject apartment, and dismissing the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The agency's determination had a rational basis in the record (see Matter of Hochhauser v City of N.Y. Dept. of Hous. Preserv. & Dev., 48 AD3d 288 [1st Dept 2008]). Even assuming that petitioner established disability, she still failed to meet her burden of proving that she resided in the apartment as her primary residence for a one-year period prior to her grandmother's death in May 2008 (see 28 RCNY 3-02[p][3]). Petitioner's affidavit contained the equivocal claim that she "spent much time" at the apartment, where she had lived "for extended periods," which residency she believed lasted for "well over half the year" in both 2006 and 2007. While petitioner explained the absence of some of the normal documentary indicia of residency, she failed to explain the lack of any other documentary proof of such residence (compare Matter of Murphy v New York State Div. of Hous. & Community Renewal, 91 AD3d 481 [1st Dept 2012], lv granted 19 NY3d 812 [2012]).

The court properly refused to consider additional evidence not submitted to the agency (see Matter of Yarbough v Franco, 95 NY2d 342, 347 [2000]), which submissions, in any event, would not have changed the outcome.

We have considered petitioner's remaining arguments and find them unavailing.

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

ENTERED: DECEMBER 13, 2012

CLERK

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