77 A.D.2d 694, Keating v. Rogers

Citation:77 A.D.2d 694, 429 N.Y.S.2d 501
Party Name:Keating v. Rogers
Case Date:July 03, 1980
Court:New York Supreme Court Appelate Division, Third Department
 
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77 A.D.2d 694

429 N.Y.S.2d 501

In the Matter of Robert E. KEATING, Respondent,

v.

Frank J. ROGERS, as Commissioner, New York State Division of

Criminal Justice Services, et al., Appellants.

Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

July 3, 1980.

[429 N.Y.S.2d 502] Robert Abrams, Atty. Gen. (William J. Kogan, Asst. Atty. Gen., of counsel), for appellants.

Robert E. Harris, Albany, for respondent.

Before MAHONEY, P. J., and SWEENEY, KANE, STALEY and HERLIHY, JJ.

MEMORANDUM DECISION.

Appeal by permission, from an order of the Supreme Court at Special Term, entered December 13, 1979 in Albany County, which denied respondents' motion to dismiss the petition on the grounds that this proceeding is barred by the statutory period of limitations and by the application of the doctrine of laches.

The petitioner was terminated from the position of assistant public information specialist in the Division of Criminal Justice Services in August, 1975. The present proceeding was instituted by petition in August, 1979, four years subsequent to the termination.

The affidavit of the petitioner in opposition to the motion to dismiss is replete with statements that immediately upon being notified of his termination "a series of inquiries was made as to what his rights and alternatives might be", and petitioner's failure to consult an attorney until 1978 cannot be charged against the respondents...

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