JBR Const. Corp. v. Staples

Decision Date23 March 2010
Citation897 N.Y.S.2d 223,71 A.D.3d 952
PartiesJBR CONSTRUCTION CORP., appellant, v. William STAPLES, respondent.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division

Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (Kenneth M. Stenger of counsel), for appellant.

Marschhausen & Fitzpatrick, P.C., Westbury, N.Y. (Kevin P. Fitzpatrick of counsel) for respondent.

MARK C. DILLON, J.P., HOWARD MILLER, RANDALL T. ENG, and SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ.

In an action for a judgment declaring that a certain mortgage of record is no longer valid and directing the County Clerk of Dutchess County to cancel the mortgage, the plaintiff appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Dutchess County (Pagones, J.), dated April 30, 2009, which denied those branches of its motion which were for summary judgment declaring that the subject mortgage is invalid, and directing the County Clerk of Dutchess County to cancel the mortgage.

ORDERED that the order is reversed, on the law, with costs, those branches of the plaintiff's motion which were for summary judgment declaring that the subject mortgage is invalid, and directing the County Clerk of Dutchess County to cancel the mortgage are granted, and the matter is remitted to theSupreme Court, Dutchess County, for the entry of a judgment declaring that the subject mortgage is invalid and directing the County Clerk of Dutchess County to cancel the mortgage.

RPAPL 1501(4) provides that "[w]here the period allowed by the applicable statute of limitation for the commencement of an action to foreclose a mortgage ... has expired," any person with an estate or interest in the property may maintain an action "to secure the cancellation and discharge of record of such encumbrance, and to adjudge the estate or interest of the plaintiff in such real property to be free therefrom" (RPAPL 1501[4] ). Here, the plaintiff property owner made a prima facie showing of its entitlement to judgment as a matter of law declaring that the subject mortgage is invalid by establishing that a foreclosure action commenced by the defendant mortgagee in 2001 was dismissed by this Court as abandoned pursuant to CPLR 3215(c) ( see Staples v. Jeff Hunt Devs., Inc., 56 A.D.3d 459, 866 N.Y.S.2d 756), and that the commencement of a new foreclosure action would be time-barred by the applicable six-year statute of limitations ( see CPLR 213[4]; LePore v. Shaheen, 32 A.D.3d 1330, 1331, 821 N.Y.S.2d 532; Corrado v. Petrone, 139 A.D.2d 483, 526 N.Y.S.2d 845; see also Plaia v. Safonte, 45 A.D.3d 747, 847 N.Y.S.2d 101; Zinker v. Makler, 298 A.D.2d 516, 748 N.Y.S.2d 780). In opposition, the defendant failed to raise a triable issue of fact as to whether the statute of limitations was tolled or revived ( see Alvarez v. Prospect Hosp., 68 N.Y.2d 320, 508 N.Y.S.2d 923, 501 N.E.2d 572; Rack v. Rushefsky, 5 A.D.3d 753, 773 N.Y.S.2d 569). Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have granted those branches of the plaintiff's motion which were for summary judgment declaring that the subject mortgage is invalid and directing the County Clerk of Dutchess County to cancel it ( see LePore v. Shaheen, 32 A.D.3d 1330, 821 N.Y.S.2d 532; Corrado v. Petrone, 139 A.D.2d 483, 526 N.Y.S.2d 845).

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