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In re Bookman

Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

June 20, 2013

In the Matter of GLENN BOOKMAN, Petitioner,
v.
BRIAN FISCHER, as Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision, et al., Respondents.

Calendar Date: May 6, 2013

Glenn Bookman, Comstock, petitioner pro se.

Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (William E. Storrs of counsel), for respondents.

Before: Lahtinen, J.P., Spain, Garry and Egan Jr., JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND JUDGMENT

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, entered in Albany County) to review a determination of respondent Superintendent of Great Meadow Correctional Facility which found petitioner guilty of violating certain prison disciplinary rules.

Petitioner was charged in a misbehavior report with refusing a direct order and creating a disturbance. Following a tier II disciplinary hearing, he was found guilty of both charges. That determination was affirmed upon administrative appeal and this CPLR article 78 proceeding ensued.

Initially, we are unpersuaded by petitioner's contention that gaps in the hearing transcript preclude meaningful review (see Matter of Argentina v Fischer, 98 A.D.3d 768, 769 [2012]). Upon reviewing the record, we find that the misbehavior report and testimony at the hearing provide substantial evidence to support the determination of guilt (see Matter of Gentle v Bezio, 78 A.D.3d 1398, 1399 [2010]). The contrary testimony proffered by petitioner and his inmate witnesses presented a credibility issue for the Hearing Officer to resolve (see Matter of Fragosa v Moore, 93 A.D.3d 979, 980 [2012]). Petitioner's claim that the misbehavior report was written in retaliation for grievances was not raised at the hearing and, therefore, is unpreserved for our review (see Matter of Gillard v White, 79 A.D.3d 1466, 1467 [2010]). Petitioner's remaining contentions have been reviewed and are either not properly before this Court or lacking in merit.

Lahtinen, J.P., Spain, Garry and Egan Jr., JJ., concur.

ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, without costs, and petition dismissed.


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