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In re Monroe County

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

November 8, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF MONROE COUNTY AND MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, PETITIONERS,
v.
NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD AND MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION, INC., RESPONDENTS.

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, Monroe County [Thomas A. Stander, J.], entered April 3, 2013) to review a determination of respondent New York State Public Employment Relations Board. The determination, among other things, affirmed the decision of the Administrative Law Judge finding that petitioners had violated Civil Service Law § 209-a (1) (d).

HARRIS BEACH, PLLC, PITTSFORD (KARLEE S. BOLANOS OF COUNSEL), FOR PETITIONERS.

DAVID P. QUINN, ALBANY, FOR RESPONDENT NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD.

TREVETT CRISTO SALZER & ANDOLINA, P.C., ROCHESTER (DANIEL P. DEBOLT OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION, INC.

PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND VALENTINO, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the determination is unanimously confirmed without costs, the petition is dismissed and the counterclaim of respondent New York State Public Employment Relations Board for enforcement of its order dated November 14, 2012 is granted.

Memorandum: This case arises from an improper practice charge filed by respondent Monroe County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Inc. (MCDSA) alleging that petitioner Monroe County Sheriff's Office assigned non-MCDSA members to perform certain security screening work at the Monroe County Jail and the Monroe County Correctional Facility that had previously been performed exclusively by MCDSA members. Following a hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that petitioners had violated Civil Service Law § 209-a (1) (d) by assigning the duties of security screening at the jail and at the correctional facility to non-MCDSA employees. Respondent New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) denied the exceptions filed by petitioners and affirmed the ALJ's decision. Petitioners then commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding.

Contrary to petitioners' contention, the determination of PERB that petitioners violated Civil Service Law § 209-a (1) (d), i.e., that the work in question had been reassigned to non-MCDSA members, that the reassigned tasks are substantially similar to those previously performed by MCDSA members, and that the qualifications for the job at issue did not change significantly (see Matter of State of N.Y. Dept. of Correctional Servs. v Kinsella, 220 A.D.2d 19, 22), is supported by substantial evidence (see generally 300 Gramatan Ave. Assoc. v State Div. of Human Rights, 45 N.Y.2d 176, 181-182). Contrary to petitioners' further contention, public policy considerations do not require annulment of PERB's determination (see Matter of City of New York v Board of Collective Bargaining of the City of N.Y., 107 A.D.3d 612, 612-613; cf. Matter of New York City Tr. Auth. v New York State Pub. Empl. Relations Bd., 19 N.Y.3d 876, 878). Moreover, we conclude that petitioners waived their contention that MCDSA did not timely file the improper practice charge (see 4 NYCRR 204.1; Matter of Watt v Town of Gaines, 140 A.D.2d 947, 947, lv denied in part and dismissed in part 72 N.Y.2d 1040; see also Mendez v Steen Trucking, 254 A.D.2d 715, 716; Matter of New York City Tr. Auth. v New York State Pub. Empl. Relations Bd., 147 A.D.2d 574, 574, amended 156 A.D.2d 842, lv dismissed 78 N.Y.2d 1122). In any event, that contention is without merit.


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