April 11, 2002.
Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Michael DeMarco, J.), entered on or about December 19, 2000, which, to the extent appealed from, denied defendant's motion for summary judgment insofar as it sought dismissal of plaintiff's negligence cause of action and granted third-party defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the third-party action, unanimously modified, on the law, to grant the motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and otherwise affirmed, without costs. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment in favor of defendant dismissing the complaint.
Jeffrey A. Sunshine, for plaintiff-respondent.
Loretta A. Redmond, for defendant-appellant/third-party plaintiff-appellant.
Steve M. Deverteuil, for third-party defendant-respondent.
Before: Williams, P.J., Saxe, Buckley, Ellerin, Rubin, JJ.
At the time of his injury, plaintiff was employed by third-party defendant Safeway Environmental Corp. During his examination before trial, plaintiff testified that he fell from scaffolding erected in an alleyway between an apartment building and the bus terminal being demolished. He stated that the scaffolding had been constructed by "[o]ur workers," specifically identifying one of the builders as Zbigniew Glarzewski. Likewise, Michael Mazzucca, the operations manager for defendant Windham Construction Corp., testified that his employer was retained by Safeway to construct only a sidewalk bridge along the frontage of the terminal, stating, "we did not erect a scaffold in the alley way. Our work was done on the perimeter of the building and on the roof of the building, we did not work in the alley way at any time."
In opposition to defendant Windham's summary judgment motion, plaintiff offered only the affidavit of counsel. The attempt to generate a factual dispute concerning which entity erected the scaffolding in the alley is flatly contradicted by the evidence. Moreover, plaintiff's cursory affidavit, stating, "I fully adopt all of the information contained therein," falls short of a repudiation of his previous deposition testimony.
Generally, a self-serving affidavit offered to contradict deposition testimony does not raise a bona fide question of fact and will be disregarded (Joe v. Orbit Indus., 269 A.D.2d 121, 122; Kistoo v. City of New York, 195 A.D.2d 403, 404; Prunty v. Keltie's Bum Steer, 163 A.D.2d 595, 596). If a plaintiff's self-serving affidavit, submitted in an attempt to retract a previous admission, is insufficient to avoid summary judgment (e.g., Columbus Trust Co. v. Campolo, 110 A.D.2d 616,affd 66 N.Y.2d 701 for reasons stated below), the affidavit of counsel is even less compelling; an attorney's affidavit is accorded no probative value unless accompanied by documentary evidence that constitutes admissible proof (Zuckerman v. City of New York, 49 N.Y.2d 557, 563).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.