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Phyllis Muriel Stepper, Plaintiff-Appellant, the v. Department of Education of the City of New York

New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department


March 5, 2013

PHYLLIS MURIEL STEPPER, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT, THE
v.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.

Stepper v Department of Educ. of the City of New York

Decided on March 5, 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.

Tom, J.P., Mazzarelli, Saxe, DeGrasse, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Cynthia S. Kern, J.), entered June 27, 2011, which granted defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint, unanimously modified, on the law, to deny the motion with respect to the 2008-2009 rating of "unsatisfactory," and otherwise affirmed, without costs.

The motion court correctly determined that the City of New York was an improper party to the action (see e.g. Perez v City of New York, 41 AD3d 378 [1st Dept 2007], lv denied 10 NY3d 708 [2008]). The motion court also correctly determined that to the extent plaintiff challenged the unsatisfactory rating she received following the 2007-2008 school year, those allegations were time-barred (Education Law § 3813[2-b]). However, plaintiff's claim related to her unsatisfactory rating for the 2008-2009 school year did not accrue until she received a final decision affirming the rating, on June 28, 2010, from the Interim Acting Director (see Matter of Nash v Board of Educ. of the City School Dist. of the City of N.Y., 82 AD3d 470, 471 [1st Dept 2011], affd 18 NY3d 457 [2012]; Matter of Andersen v Klein, 50 AD3d 296, 297 [1st Dept 2008]). Plaintiff commenced the action within one year of that date, thus satisfying the statute of limitations (see Education Law § 3813[2-b]). Further, plaintiff filed a notice of claim within three months of June 28, 2010. Accordingly, we reject the Department of Education's position that, to the extent plaintiff sought to challenge the unsatisfactory rating she received in 2009, those allegations are barred as a result of her failure to file a timely notice of claim (Education Law § 3813[1]). The Decision and Order of this Court entered herein on September 27, 2012 is hereby recalled and vacated (see M--5115 decided simultaneously herewith).

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

ENTERED: MARCH 5, 2013

CLERK

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