Calendar Date: May 29, 2013
Andrew Kossover, Public Defender, Kingston (Michael K. Gould of counsel), for appellant.
D. Holley Carnright, District Attorney, Kingston (Joan Gudesblatt Lamb of counsel), for respondent.
Before: Lahtinen, J.P., Spain, McCarthy and Egan Jr., JJ.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Egan Jr., J.
Appeal from a judgment of the County Court of Ulster County (Williams, J.), rendered October 27, 2010, upon a verdict convicting defendant of the crime of rape in the second degree.
Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of rape in the second degree and thereafter was sentenced, as a second violent felony offender, to seven years in prison followed by five years of postrelease supervision. Defendant appeals, contending only that he was illegally sentenced as a second violent felony offender due to County Court's failure to advise him of his right to challenge the allegations contained in the predicate felony statement (see CPL 400.21 ), including his right to challenge the constitutional basis for the prior conviction.
Contrary to defendant's assertion, "County Court was not obligated to expressly advise defendant of his right to contest the constitutionality of the prior conviction" (People v Smith, 121 A.D.2d 771, 772  [citations omitted]; see People v West, 140 A.D.2d 852, 852 ; People v Collins, 100 A.D.2d 691, 691 ). Further, the sentencing minutes reflect that defendant, who was represented by counsel, admitted the prior conviction for assault in the second degree and, in response to questioning by County Court, stated that he did not contest any of the allegations contained in the predicate felony statement. Under these circumstances, we conclude that County Court substantially complied with the requirements of CPL 400.21 (3) and that defendant was properly sentenced as a second violent felony offender (see People v Ellis, 53 A.D.3d 776, 777 ).
Lahtinen, J.P., Spain and McCarthy, JJ., ...