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Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third DepartmentJul 19, 2001
727 N.Y.S.2d 360 (N.Y. App. Div. 2001)
727 N.Y.S.2d 360285 A.D.2d 885

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Decided and Entered: July 19, 2001.

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, entered in Washington County) to review a determination of the Commissioner of Correctional Services which found petitioner guilty of violating a prison disciplinary rule.

Michael Freeman, Comstock, petitioner in person.

Eliot Spitzer, Attorney-General (Peter H. Schiff of counsel), Albany, for respondent.

Before: Cardona, P.J., Peters, Spain, Rose and Lahtinen, JJ.


Petitioner was found guilty of violating the prison disciplinary rule that prohibits the unauthorized use of controlled substances after two urinalysis tests were positive for the presence of cannibinoids. He contends that the determination of his guilt was not supported by substantial evidence because the chain of custody of his urine samples was never established. There is, however, no support in the record for this claim. Testimony elicited from the correction officers who conducted the urinalysis tests showed that they adhered to the regulations and procedures governing urinalysis tests and the handling of urine samples (see, Matter of Torres v. Selsky, 223 A.D.2d 889). Therefore, we conclude that substantial evidence supports the determination of petitioner's guilt (see, Matter of Allen v. Goord, 240 A.D.2d 832).

Next, we are unpersuaded by petitioner's contention that he was denied employee assistance. Notably, he executed a waiver of assistance form and confirmed that he did so at the commencement of the hearing (see,Matter of Moolenaar v. Goord, 266 A.D.2d 625, appeal dismissed 94 N.Y.2d 900). In any event, the record demonstrataes that the Hearing Officer provided petitioner with all relevant documents and witnesses.

Petitioner's remaining arguments have been examined and found to be without merit.

Cardona, P.J., Peters, Spain, Rose and Lahtinen, JJ., concur.

ADJUDGED that the determination is confirmed, without costs, and petition dismissed.