|Matter of Orange County Economic Dev. Corp. v State of N.Y. Auths. Budget Off.|
|2015 NY Slip Op 04369 [128 AD3d 1256]|
|May 21, 2015|
|Appellate Division, Third Department|
|Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.|
|In the Matter of Orange County Economic Development Corporation, Doing Business as Orange County Partnership, Appellant, v State of New York Authorities Budget Office, Respondent.|
Burke, Miele & Golden, LLP, Goshen (Richard B. Golden of counsel), for appellant.
Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, Albany (Kate H. Nepveu of counsel), for respondent.
Rose, J. Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Platkin, J.), entered March 4, 2014 in Albany County, which, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, granted respondent's motion to dismiss the petition.
Petitioner, a not-for-profit local economic development corporation, was informed by a November 2011 letter from respondent that it considered petitioner to be a local authority subject to the reporting, disclosure and governance requirements of the Public Authorities Law, and that the lack of any response from petitioner by December 6, 2011 would indicate petitioner's acceptance of the determination. Petitioner did not respond to the letter until January 2012 and, in the months that followed, petitioner and respondent exchanged letters regarding petitioner's disagreement with the determination and request that it be reconsidered. Respondent replied that it continued to consider petitioner to be a covered local authority and, in July 2013, publicly listed petitioner as noncompliant. Petitioner then commenced this proceeding in November 2013 challenging respondent's determination, and Supreme Court granted respondent's pre-answer motion to dismiss on the ground that the proceeding was untimely. Petitioner appeals.
Petitioner's contention that the proceeding is not subject to a four-month statute of [*2]limitations because respondent acted in excess of its jurisdiction is unpersuasive. Respondent is authorized to ensure that "local authorities" comply with the reporting requirements of the Public Authorities Law (see Public Authorities Law §§ 2 ; 6), and petitioner's claim that respondent's determination is in conflict with the relevant statutory language is "reviewable in a CPLR article 78 proceeding, subject to a four-month statute of limitations" (Fulton County Economic Dev. Corp. v New York State Auths. Budget Off., 100 AD3d 1335, 1336 ). Further, we agree with Supreme Court that the determination here was final and binding on December 6, 2011. Respondent's November 2011 letter left no doubt that it had reached a definitive position regarding petitioner's status. The fact that petitioner was not on the two public lists of noncompliant entities issued by respondent between December 2011 and July 2013 changed neither respondent's determination nor petitioner's obligation to comply with the Public Authorities Law, and respondent's acknowledgment of its authority to reconsider did not render its determination nonfinal or extend the statute of limitations (see Matter of Lubin v Board of Educ. of City of N.Y., 60 NY2d 974, 976 , cert denied 469 US 823 ; Fulton County Economic Dev. Corp. v New York State Auths. Budget Off., 100 AD3d at 1336; Matter of Hogg-Chapman v New York State Teachers' Retirement Sys., 83 AD3d 1261, 1262 ). Petitioner's remaining contentions have been considered and found to be without merit.
Peters, P.J., Lahtinen and Devine, JJ., concur. Ordered that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.