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In re Board of Educ

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Apr 13, 2010
72 A.D.3d 815 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010)

Opinion

No. 2009-01587.

April 13, 2010.

In a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 75 and Education Law § 3020-a to vacate a determination of a hearing officer dated March 18, 2008, which, after a hearing, dismissed disciplinary charges against the respondent, the petitioner appeals from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Westchester County (Colabella, J.), dated January 2, 2009, which denied the petition, confirmed the determination, and, in effect, dismissed the proceeding.

Shaw, Perelson, May Lambert, LLP, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Mark J. Rushfield and David Shaw of counsel), for appellant.

Jay Worona and Patricia Gould, Latham, N.Y., for New York State School Boards Association, Inc., amicus curiae.

Before: Mastro, J.P., Leventhal, Lott and Austin, JJ., concur.


Ordered that the judgment is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

The Supreme Court properly confirmed the hearing officer's determination to dismiss the charges against the respondent. The petitioner did not demonstrate any basis for vacating the determination under CPLR 7511 ( see Education Law § 3020-a), and the determination has a rational basis and is supported by the record ( see Matter of Saunders v Rockland Bd. of Coop. Educ. Servs. 62 AD3d 1012, 1013; Matter of Board of Educ. of William Floyd Union Free School Dist. v Lemay, 60 AD3d 943; Matter of Board of Educ. of Great Neck Union Free School Dist. v Brandman, 286 AD2d 735, 736; Matter of Board of Educ. of Westhampton Beach Union Free School Dist. v Ziparo, 275 AD2d 411).

Contrary to the petitioner's contentions, the hearing officer did not err in refusing to give substantial weight to the tape recording and the documents which had been submitted by the petitioner into evidence. It was up to the hearing officer to determine what, if any, weight should be given to the evidence, and a court should not substitute its judgment for that of a hearing officer ( see Altsheler v Board of Educ. of Great Neck Union Free School Dist., 62 NY2d 656, 657; Matter of Barad v State Bd. for Professional Med. Conduct, 282 AD2d 893, 894; Matter of McSweeney v Board of Educ. of Johnsburg Cent. School Dist., 138 AD2d 847, 848; Matter of Fitzpatrick v Board of Educ. of Mamaroneck Union Free School Dist., 96 AD2d 557, 558; Matter of Soucy v Board of Educ. of N Colonie Cent. School Dist., 51 AD2d 628, 629).


Summaries of

In re Board of Educ

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Apr 13, 2010
72 A.D.3d 815 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010)
Case details for

In re Board of Educ

Case Details

Full title:In the Matter of BOARD OF EDUCATION OF BYRAM HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Apr 13, 2010

Citations

72 A.D.3d 815 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010)
2010 N.Y. Slip Op. 3120
898 N.Y.S.2d 469

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