New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims
HAYES v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, # 2020-040-040, Claim No. NONE, Motion No. M-95785

Synopsis

Pro se Movant's Motion to file a Claim late denied as he submitted only a Notice of Intention, not a Claim. The Notice of Intention was not verified.

Case information

UID: 2020-040-040
Claimant(s): JAVON HAYES
Claimant short name: HAYES
Footnote (claimant name) :
Defendant(s): THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Footnote (defendant name) :
Third-party claimant(s):
Third-party defendant(s):
Claim number(s): NONE
Motion number(s): M-95785
Cross-motion number(s):
Judge: CHRISTOPHER J. McCARTHY
Claimant's attorney: Javon Hayes, DIN: 18-B-0400, Pro Se
Defendant's attorney: LETITIA JAMES
Attorney General of the State of New York
By: Michael T. Krenrich, Esq., AAG
Third-party defendant's attorney:
Signature date: December 1, 2020
City: Albany
Comments:
Official citation:
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See also (multicaptioned case)

Decision

For the reasons set forth below, the application of pro se Movant, Javon Hayes, to serve and file a late Claim pursuant to Court of Claims Act 10(6), is denied.

Court of Claims Act 10(6) provides only for the late filing of a Claim, not a Notice of Intention to File a Claim (Holmes v State of N.Y., Rosewell Park Cancer Inst. Corp., 5 Misc 3d 446 [Ct Cl 2004]; DeHart v State of New York, 92 Misc 2d 631 [Ct Cl 1977]). While Movant seeks permission to file a late Claim in his Notice of Motion, in his affidavit submitted in support of his Motion, Movant requests that the Court allow him to "[f]ile a Late Notice of Intention and Late Claim." He has submitted only a proposed "Notice of Intention to File a Claim." In order for a Notice of Intention to be considered a Claim, it must contain all the elements of a Claim as set forth in Court of Claims Act 11(b). The statute requires that the Claim "state the time when and place where the claim arose, the nature of the same, the items of damage or the injuries claimed to have been sustained" and, except in certain cases, the total sum claimed.

The Notice of Intention asserts that the Claim accrued on October 19, 2019 while Movant was incarcerated at Bare Hill Correctional Facility (hereinafter, "Bare Hill"). Movant asserts that, at approximately 7:15 a.m., while he was sleeping, he was assaulted. Movant further asserts that, on the previous evening, he had a verbal altercation with another inmate in the D-2 Housing Unit at Bare Hill. He asserts that the officer on duty was aware of the altercation and failed to act. He further asserts that, if the altercation on the evening of October 18, 2019 had been reported by the housing unit officer, the assault on the morning of October 19, 2019 would have been prevented. He asserts that the housing unit officer was negligent.

The Court cannot consider the submitted Notice of Intention to be a proposed Claim as it does not meet the requirements of a Claim, because the Notice of Intention fails to comply with Court of Claims Act 11(b) as the Notice of Intention is not properly verified as required by Court of Claims Act 11(b) and CPLR 3020(a) and (d).

In addition, the Court notes that Movant has not set forth who assaulted him on October 19, 2019, or how he has concluded it was the result of the previous evening's verbal altercation.

As Movant has not submitted a proposed Claim, the Motion for Permission to File a Late Claim is denied without prejudice.

December 1, 2020

Albany, New York

CHRISTOPHER J. McCARTHY

Judge of the Court of Claims

The following papers were read and considered by the Court on Movant's Motion to file a late Claim pursuant to Court of Claims Act 10(6):

Papers Numbered

Notice of Motion, Affirmation,

& Exhibit attached 1

Affirmation in Opposition &

Exhibits attached 2