New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
SCOTT v. STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2018-015-143, Claim No. 130117, Motion No. M-92119

Synopsis

Pro se inmate's motion for summary judgment was denied.

Case information

UID: 2018-015-143
Claimant(s): RANDOLPH SCOTT, 15-B-2127
Claimant short name: SCOTT
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Defendant(s): STATE OF NEW YORK
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Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): 130117
Motion number(s): M-92119
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Judge: FRANCIS T. COLLINS
Claimant's attorney: Randolph Scott, Pro Se
Defendant's attorney: Honorable Barbara D. Underwood, Attorney General
By: Belinda A. Wagner, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: August 7, 2018
City: Saratoga Springs
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Decision

Claimant, proceeding pro se, moves for summary judgment pursuant to CPLR 3212.

Claimant is an inmate in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. His claim alleges he suffers from various physical disabilities and was deprived of a cane and other accommodations while he was an inmate at Great Meadow Correctional Facility.

" 'To obtain summary judgment it is necessary that the movant establish his cause of action or defense "sufficiently to warrant the court as a matter of law in directing judgment" in his favor (CPLR 3212, subd. [b]), and he must do so by tender of evidentiary proof in admissible form' " (Zuckerman v City of New York, 49 NY2d 557, 562 [1980]; see also Deleon v New York City Sanitation Dept., 25 NY3d 1102 [2015]; Vega v Restani Constr. Corp., 18 NY3d 499, 503 [2012] Alvarez v Prospect Hosp., 68 NY2d 320, 324 [1986]). To meet this burden, CPLR 3212 specifically requires a motion for summary judgment be supported by a copy of the pleadings. Only where the movant has made the required showing, does the burden shift to the opposing party "to produce evidentiary proof in admissible form sufficient to establish the existence of material issues of fact which require a trial of the action" (id.).

Here, claimant's motion for summary judgment failed to include a copy of the pleadings thereby warranting denial of the motion on that basis alone. Moreover, the medical records submitted in support of the motion are not in admissible form and, in any event, would not, standing alone, support a motion for summary judgment in claimant's favor. Accordingly, claimant failed to meet his burden of showing his entitlement to judgment as a matter of law.

Based on the foregoing, claimant's motion is denied.

August 7, 2018

Saratoga Springs, New York

FRANCIS T. COLLINS

Judge of the Court of Claims

Papers Considered:

  1. Notice of motion, dated March 29, 2018;
  2. Unsworn statement of Randolph Scott, dated March 23, 2018, with Exhibits;
  3. Affidavit of Randolph Scott in further support, sworn to April 11, 2018;
  4. Affirmation in Opposition, dated April 25, 2018.