November 14, 1996.
Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Ceresia, Jr., J.), entered October 31, 1995 in Albany County, which, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, granted respondent's motion to dismiss the petition as time barred.
Before: Crew III, J.P., White, Casey, Yesawich Jr. and Peters, JJ.
In December 1992, petitioner was an inmate at Ossining Correctional Facility in Westchester County when he was found guilty of violating certain prison disciplinary rules. The determination of petitioner's guilt was affirmed by respondent on February 2, 1993, rendering June 2, 1993 the last date upon which respondent could timely seek CPLR article 78 review of said determination ( see, CPLR 217). In June 1995, petitioner requested respondent to reconsider his administrative appeal. Respondent conducted a brief and informal review of the file on petitioner's administrative appeal, informing petitioner by letter dated June 29, 1995 that the administrative decision of February 1993 had been deemed appropriate and that further administrative action would not be taken. On July 14, 1995, petitioner commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding to review respondent's determination of February 2, 1993. Supreme Court dismissed the proceeding as time barred, and petitioner appeals.
A request for reconsideration does not automatically toll or revive the Statute of Limitations ( see, Matter of Lubin v Board of Educ., 60 NY2d 974, 976; Matter of Gross v State of N.Y. Pub. Serv. Commn., 195 AD2d 866, 867, lv denied 82 NY2d 660). Agency action will be found to renew a lapsed Statute of Limitations only in cases where the agency has held "a new hearing at which new testimony is taken, new evidence is proffered and new matters are considered" ( Matter of Delbello v New York City Tr. Auth., 151 AD2d 479, 480; see, Chase v Board of Educ., 188 AD2d 192, 197). In the instant matter, however, the review undertaken by respondent involved its informal review of the file of petitioner's hearing held over two years earlier. There was no new hearing where new evidence was adduced on the merits of petitioner's case and, as such, we conclude that respondent's examination of a file closed years earlier did not revive the Statute of Limitations enabling petitioner to seek CPLR article 78 review. Accordingly, Supreme Court's dismissal of this proceeding as time barred was appropriate.
Ordered that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.