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In re Jeffery

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

August 14, 2013

In the Matter of Joy Jeffery, petitioner,
v.
Michael D. Israel, etc., et al., respondents. Index No. 12-1962

James M. Rose, White Plains, N.Y., for petitioner.

Julie Switzer, Valhalla, N.Y. (Barbara F. Kukowski of counsel), for respondents.

RANDALL T. ENG, P.J., RUTH C. BALKIN, SHERI S. ROMAN, ROBERT J. MILLER, JJ.

DECISION & JUDGMENT

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 to review a determination of the respondent Westchester Medical Center, dated January 12, 2012, which adopted in part and rejected in part the recommendation of a hearing officer, made after a hearing pursuant to Civil Service Law § 75, finding the petitioner guilty of misconduct and/or incompetence, and terminated her employment as a Senior Nursing Aide.

ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, the petition is denied, and the proceeding is dismissed on the merits, with costs.

The review of administrative determinations in employee disciplinary cases made after a hearing pursuant to Civil Service Law § 75 is limited to a consideration of whether the determination was supported by substantial evidence (see CPLR 7803[4]; 300 Gramatan Ave. Assoc. v State Div. of Human Rights, 45 N.Y.2d 176, 179-180; Matter of Jenkins v Israel, 83 A.D.3d 1068; Matter of Smith v Carter, 61 A.D.3d 982). Here, while much of the evidence the respondents offered was hearsay, this evidence, in conjunction with the nonhearsay evidence, constituted substantial evidence sufficient to support the determination that the petitioner was guilty of the three charges brought against her (see Matter of Jenkins v Israel, 83 A.D.3d at 1068; see also Matter of Gray v Adduci, 73 N.Y.2d 741, 742; Matter of Bullock v State of N.Y. Dept. Social Services, 248 A.D.2d 380, 382).

Under the circumstances presented, the penalty of termination of the petitioner's employment was not so disproportionate to the offense committed as to be shocking to one's sense of fairness (see Matter of Pell v Board of Educ. of Union Free School Dist. No. 1 of Towns of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, Westchester County, 34 N.Y.2d 222; Matter of Jenkins v Israel, 83 A.D.3d at 1068; Matter of James v Carter, 209 A.D.2d 522).

ENG, P.J., BALKIN, ROMAN and MILLER, JJ., concur.


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