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In re Gutierrez

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 7, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF OMAN GUTIERREZ, PETITIONER,
v.
BRIAN FISCHER, COMMISSIONER, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION, RESPONDENT.

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department by order of the Supreme Court, Wyoming County [Mark H. Dadd, A.J.], entered December 19, 2012) to review a determination of respondent. The determination segregated petitioner from the general population.

WYOMING COUNTY-ATTICA LEGAL AID BUREAU, WARSAW (LEAH R. NOWOTARSKI OF COUNSEL), FOR PETITIONER.

ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ALBANY (KATE H. NEPVEU OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, VALENTINO, AND WHALEN, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the determination is unanimously confirmed without costs and the petition is dismissed.

Memorandum: In this CPLR article 78 proceeding, which was transferred to this Court pursuant to CPLR 7804 (g), petitioner seeks review of respondent's determination directing that he be placed in administrative segregation. Contrary to petitioner's contention, substantial evidence supports the determination that petitioner's presence in the general population would pose a threat to the safety and security of the facility where he is incarcerated (see generally 7 NYCRR 301.4 [b]; Matter of Blake v Selsky, 10 A.D.3d 774, 775; Matter of O'Keefe v Coombe, 233 A.D.2d 640, 640). Petitioner's further contention that he was impermissibly denied the right to observe the search of his cell is without merit (cf. Matter of Morales v Fischer, 89 A.D.3d 1346, 1347; Matter of Johnson v Goord, 288 A.D.2d 525, 526).

Petitioner's contention that he was denied due process as a result of the hearing officer's denial of his request to call several witnesses and provide certain documents is without merit. A petitioner's due process rights with respect to matters of involuntary administrative segregation are "satisfied by notice to petitioner and an opportunity to present his [or her] views" (Matter of Blake v Coughlin, 189 A.D.2d 1016, 1017; see Matter of Burr v Goord, 17 A.D.3d 751, 752), which petitioner was afforded here.


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