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Kelly's Rental, Inc. v. City of New York

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Mar 29, 1978
44 N.Y.2d 700 (N.Y. 1978)

Opinion

Argued February 16, 1978

Decided March 29, 1978

Appeal from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department, ANTHONY M. LIVOTI, J.

Spiros A. Tsimbinos for appellants.

Allen G. Schwartz, Corporation Counsel (Joel A. Newman and L. Kevin Sheridan of counsel), for respondent.


MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division should be modified, with costs, and the case remitted to Special Term for further proceedings in accordance with the memorandum herein, and as so modified, should be affirmed.

A party against whom a criminal proceeding is pending may not seek declaratory relief. (Reed v Littleton, 275 N.Y. 150; 3 Weinstein-Korn-Miller, N Y Civ Prac, par 3001.06k.) The constitutionality and applicability of the statutory provisions alleged to have been violated are issues to be determined within the criminal proceeding itself. Having received numerous summonses to appear in Criminal Court for alleged violations of chapter 65 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, appellants were precluded from seeking a declaration of the inapplicability of these provisions to their vehicles.

Since a declaratory judgment action does not lie, the order of the Appellate Division should be modified to strike the grant of summary judgment to respondent and the declaration in its favor. Notwithstanding the unavailability of a declaratory judgment action in this context, we are unable to grant respondent affirmative relief since respondent did not take an appeal from the determination of the Appellate Division. (People v Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y., 34 N.Y.2d 646, 648; City of Rye v Public Serv. Mut. Ins. Co., 34 N.Y.2d 470, 474.) Upon remittal to Special Term, respondent may make a motion to dismiss the complaint if it be so advised.

Chief Judge BREITEL and Judges JASEN, GABRIELLI, JONES, WACHTLER, FUCHSBERG and COOKE concur.

Order modified, with costs, and the case remitted to Supreme Court, Queens County, for further proceedings in accordance with the memorandum herein and, as so modified, affirmed.


Summaries of

Kelly's Rental, Inc. v. City of New York

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Mar 29, 1978
44 N.Y.2d 700 (N.Y. 1978)
Case details for

Kelly's Rental, Inc. v. City of New York

Case Details

Full title:KELLY'S RENTAL, INC., et al., Appellants, v. CITY OF NEW YORK et al.…

Court:Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Date published: Mar 29, 1978

Citations

44 N.Y.2d 700 (N.Y. 1978)
405 N.Y.S.2d 443
376 N.E.2d 915

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