New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
FIGUEROA v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2018-015-153, Claim No. NONE, Motion No. M-92204

Synopsis

Motion for late claim relief was adjourned to permit service of the motion upon defendant which claimed it had not been served.

Case information

UID: 2018-015-153
Claimant(s): LEIN FIGUEROA, 03-A-0465
Claimant short name: FIGUEROA
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Defendant(s): THE STATE OF NEW YORK
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Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): NONE
Motion number(s): M-92204
Cross-motion number(s):
Judge: FRANCIS T. COLLINS
Claimant's attorney: Lein Figueroa, Pro Se
Defendant's attorney: Honorable Barbara D. Underwood, Attorney General
By: Paul F. Cagino, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: August 22, 2018
City: Saratoga Springs
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See also (multicaptioned case)

Decision

Movant, proceeding pro se, seeks permission to file and serve a late claim pursuant to Court of Claims Act 10 (6).

Movant, an inmate in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, alleges he was assaulted by another inmate at Great Meadow Correctional Facility on October 22, 2017. In support of his motion for leave to file and serve a late claim, movant submits a proposed claim which alleges the respondent failed to protect him from an attack by another inmate, despite having knowledge of a substantial risk of assault because he was "labeled a High Ranking member of the Latin Kings" (Exhibit A, 4). The proposed claim also asserts the respondent was negligent in not requiring inmates entering the main yard to pass through a metal detector during daytime hours (Exhibit A, 5, 6).

In opposition to the motion, the State submits an affidavit of Debra L. Mantell, Legal Assistant II in the Albany Office of the Attorney General, in which she states that it is the business practice of the Attorney General's office to record the receipt of motions in their digital data-case management system and that a search of this database disclosed no record of the Attorney General's Office having received the instant motion. However, the Affidavit of Service filed with the motion reflects service on April 3, 2018, and movant submitted a copy of this same affidavit in reply.

Inasmuch as the State has either not received or misplaced the motion papers, the Court will adjourn the motion to October 17, 2018 to allow movant additional time to serve (or re-serve) the motion upon the Office of the Attorney General.

Accordingly, the motion is adjourned to October 17, 2018 and movant is directed to serve (or re-serve as the case may be) the motion on the Office of the Attorney General within the time permitted by CPLR 2214. Movant is directed to file an affidavit of service of the motion in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Court of Claims at least eight days prior to the return date of the motion.

August 22, 2018

Saratoga Springs, New York

FRANCIS T. COLLINS

Judge of the Court of Claims

Papers Considered:

  1. Notice of motion, sworn to April 3, 2018;
  2. Affidavit in support, sworn to April 3, 2018, with Exhibit A;
  3. Affirmation in opposition, dated May 11, 2018, with Exhibit A;
  4. Claimant's letter in reply dated May 17, 2018 with Affidavit of Service, sworn to April 3, 2018.