July 25, 2013
In the Matter of WILLIAM FERO, Petitioner,
ALBERT PRACK, as Director of Special Housing and Inmate Disciplinary Programs, Respondent.
Calendar Date: June 6, 2013
William Fero, Malone, petitioner pro se.
Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Peter H. Schiff of counsel), for respondent.
Before: Peters, P.J., Lahtinen, McCarthy and Garry, 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 the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision which found petitioner guilty of violating certain prison disciplinary rules.
While making rounds, a correction officer observed a rolled-up piece of paper attached to a drag line being pulled into petitioner's cell. Although petitioner initially refused an order to release it, the officer was able to take possession of the rolled-up paper, which contained a note, two stamps and a green leafy substance that tested positive for marihuana. Petitioner was charged in a misbehavior report with an unauthorized exchange, possession of marihuana and refusing a direct order. Following a tier III disciplinary hearing, petitioner was found guilty as charged. This determination was upheld on administrative appeal, resulting in this CPLR article 78 proceeding.
We confirm. The misbehavior report, the positive NIK test results and related documentation, and the hearing testimony constitute substantial evidence supporting the finding of guilt (see Matter of Shorter v Prack, 100 A.D.3d 1178, 1179 ; Matter of Hughes v Bezio, 84 A.D.3d 1598, 1598 ). Despite petitioner's contention that the request for test form was not properly completed, our review indicates that the information included on the form, together with the hearing testimony, satisfied the regulatory requirements (see 7 NYCRR 1010.4 [b]) and established an unbroken chain of custody of the contraband (see Matter of Fragosa v Moore, 93 A.D.3d 979, 980 ; Matter of Quinones v Fischer, 67 A.D.3d 1285, 1286 ; Matter of Oms v Goord, 36 A.D.3d 1105, 1106 , lv denied 8 N.Y.3d 811 ). Further, a second test was not required to confirm the initial positive NIK test result (see Matter of McKoy v Bezio, 67 A.D.3d 1232, 1232 ; Matter of Grochulski v Selsky, 305 A.D.2d 823, 823 ). Finally, upon reviewing the record, we find no indication that the Hearing Officer was biased or that the determination flowed from any alleged bias (see Matter of Lamage v Fischer, 100 A.D.3d 1176, 1177 ). Petitioner's remaining claims have been examined and found to be meritless.
Peters, P.J., Lahtinen, McCarthy and Garry, JJ., concur.
ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, without costs, and petition dismissed.