New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
January 29, 2013
IN RE MICHAEL PALLESCHI, PETITIONER, --
SALVATORE CASSANO, ETC., ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
Matter of Palleschi v Cassano
Decided on January 29, 2013
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.
Mazzarelli, J.P., Renwick, Richter, Gische, Clark, JJ.
Determination of respondent Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, dated January 21, 2011, terminating petitioner's employment on the grounds of misconduct in violation of departmental regulations, unanimously confirmed, the petition denied, and the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of Supreme Court, New York County [Barbara Jaffe, J.], entered December 5, 2011), dismissed, without costs.
Respondent's determination that petitioner violated departmental regulations is supported by substantial evidence (see 300 Gramatan Ave. Assoc. v State Div. of Human Rights, 45 NY2d 176, 179-180 ). Petitioner admittedly photographed a computer screen containing confidential and privileged information concerning a 911 caller's complaint of a gynecological emergency, as well as the 911 caller's name, address and telephone number, and uploaded the image to his Facebook account, along with the caption "[c]an't make this up," to which approximately 460 of petitioner's Facebook "friends" had access. Moreover, at the time of the posting, petitioner understood that divulging such patient information was in violation of departmental rules, as well as a serious breach of trust. Petitioner's argument that the administrative law judge improperly admitted and considered evidence of prior Facebook postings is unpreserved by any objection at the hearing and, in any event, the determination is supported by the record as a whole.
In light of the serious nature of the conduct on the part of petitioner, an emergency medical services supervisor and lieutenant, the penalty imposed does not shock our sense of fairness (see Matter of Kelly v Safir, 96 NY2d 32, 38 ; Matter of Berenhaus v Ward, 70 NY2d 436, 445 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: JANUARY 29, 2013
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