Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 502514.

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Writing for the CourtPeters
Citation45 A.D.3d 1164,2007 NY Slip Op 09181,846 N.Y.S.2d 681
PartiesJ. DAVID BENEKE, Individually and as Trustee of the J. Dave Beneke Trust, Appellant, v. TOWN OF SANTA CLARA et al., Respondents.
Decision Date21 November 2007
Docket Number502514.
45 A.D.3d 1164
846 N.Y.S.2d 681
2007 NY Slip Op 09181
J. DAVID BENEKE, Individually and as Trustee of the J. Dave Beneke Trust, Appellant,
v.
TOWN OF SANTA CLARA et al., Respondents.
502514.
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Third Department.
Decided November 21, 2007.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court (Demarest, J.), entered February 2, 2007 in Franklin County which, among other things, granted certain defendants' motion for summary judgment on defendant Town of Santa Clara's counterclaim for injunctive relief.

Peters, J.


The issues in this matter have been before us on three prior occasions (see 36 AD3d 1195 [2007], lv dismissed 8 NY3d 938 [2007];* 28 AD3d 998 [2006]; Matter of Beneke v Town of Santa Clara, 9 AD3d 820 [2004]). When we last reviewed Supreme Court's order, we held that it had properly concluded that defendant Town of Santa Clara had "jurisdiction, power and authority to regulate, control, restrict or otherwise issue a building permit for the floating boathouse" (36 AD3d at 1198). As a result, the Town moved for an order compelling the removal of the floating boathouse and for summary judgment dismissing any remaining claims that have not already been dismissed. After Supreme Court granted the Town's motion, this appeal ensued.

We affirm. Injunctive relief is an appropriate means by which a governmental agency may abate a violation, including the removal of an unauthorized structure (see e.g. Town of New Baltimore v Winslow, 39 AD3d 1074, 1075 [2007]; Town of Coeymans v Malphrus, 160 AD2d 1178, 1179 [1990]). The cause of action accrues each day that the wrong continues (see Jensen v General Elec. Co., 82 NY2d 77, 85 [1993]; State of New York v CSRI Ltd. Partnership, 289 AD2d 394, 395 [2001], lv dismissed 97 NY2d 749 [2002]; State of New York v Schenectady Chems.,

103 AD2d 33, 37 [1984]). Here, the continued presence of the floating boathouse constitutes, in our view, a continuing violation of the Town's local law (see Marcus v Village of Mamaroneck, 283 NY 325, 330 [1940]). Indeed, Executive Law § 382 (2) expressly authorizes the ongoing accrual of penalties for continuing violations.

As to plaintiff's remaining contentions which have previously been considered and rejected by this Court, the law of the case doctrine precludes relitigation (see People v Evans, 94 NY2d 499, 502-504 [2000]; Town of Massena v Healthcare Underwriters Mut. Ins. Co., 40 AD3d 1177, 1179...

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  • Town of N. Elba v. Grimditch, 520007
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • July 2, 2015
    ...so under the law of the case doctrine (see Briggs v. Chapman, 53 A.D.3d 900, 901, 863 N.Y.S.2d 97 [2008] ; Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007], lv. denied 10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008] ). We turn next to defendants' selective ......
  • Town of Verona v. Cuomo, No. 4624–13.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • June 27, 2014
    ...Ins. Co., 40 A.D.3d 1177, 1179 [2007], and citing Webster v. Ragona, 51 A.D.3d 1128, 1131–1132 [2008] and Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165 [2007], lv denied 10 N.Y.3d 706 [2008] ). This principle, in the Court's view, applies here, to preclude the parties from relitigatin......
  • Town of Copake v. 13 Lackawanna Props., LLC
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • October 18, 2012
    ...at 1309–1310, 900 N.Y.S.2d 508;see Town of Caroga v. Herms, 62 A.D.3d at 1125–1126, 878 N.Y.S.2d 834;Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1164, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007],lv. denied10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008];Matter of Massa v. City of Kingston, 284 A.D.2d 8......
  • Bell v. White
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • November 3, 2016
    ...no legitimate basis upon which to revisit them” (Bell v. White, 112 A.D.3d at 1105, 977 N.Y.S.2d 444 ; see Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007], lv. denied 10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008] ; Shawangunk Conservancy v. Fink, 305 A.D......
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  • Town of Verona v. Cuomo, No. 4624–13.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • June 27, 2014
    ...Ins. Co., 40 A.D.3d 1177, 1179 [2007], and citing Webster v. Ragona, 51 A.D.3d 1128, 1131–1132 [2008] and Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165 [2007], lv denied 10 N.Y.3d 706 [2008] ). This principle, in the Court's view, applies here, to preclude the parties from relitigatin......
  • Town of N. Elba v. Grimditch, 520007
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • July 2, 2015
    ...so under the law of the case doctrine (see Briggs v. Chapman, 53 A.D.3d 900, 901, 863 N.Y.S.2d 97 [2008] ; Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007], lv. denied 10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008] ). We turn next to defendants' selective ......
  • Town of Copake v. 13 Lackawanna Props., LLC
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • October 18, 2012
    ...at 1309–1310, 900 N.Y.S.2d 508;see Town of Caroga v. Herms, 62 A.D.3d at 1125–1126, 878 N.Y.S.2d 834;Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1164, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007],lv. denied10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008];Matter of Massa v. City of Kingston, 284 A.D.2d 8......
  • Bell v. White
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • November 3, 2016
    ...no legitimate basis upon which to revisit them” (Bell v. White, 112 A.D.3d at 1105, 977 N.Y.S.2d 444 ; see Beneke v. Town of Santa Clara, 45 A.D.3d 1164, 1165, 846 N.Y.S.2d 681 [2007], lv. denied 10 N.Y.3d 706, 857 N.Y.S.2d 39, 886 N.E.2d 804 [2008] ; Shawangunk Conservancy v. Fink, 305 A.D......
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