December 22, 1998
Appeal from the Supreme Court, New York County (Lorraine Miller, J.).
The IAS Court dismissed plaintiff's complaint against the defendant municipal authority on the grounds that plaintiff failed to submit to a physical examination duly requested by defendant pursuant to Public Housing Law § 157 Pub. Hous. (2) and General Municipal Law § 50-h as a condition precedent to commencing her action against it. The complaint was dismissed with prejudice, the Statute of Limitations having expired in April 1997, two months prior to defendant's bringing the motion to dismiss.
Plaintiff claims that she did not receive certain communications from defendant regarding the demand for a physical examination and that the communications received did not meet the notice provisions of General Municipal Law § 50-h. Regard-less of whether she received the letters defendant claims were sent to her attorney, we find that, on the record before us, her failure to have such an examination does not require dismissal of her claim, and we therefore reverse and reinstate the complaint.
In Ruiz v. New York City Hous. Auth. ( 216 A.D.2d 258), we held that a similar motion to dismiss was properly denied "as based on plaintiff's failure to appear for a physical examination, where the date for such examination had been postponed indefinitely and defendant never attempted to secure its right thereto by serving plaintiff with another demand therefor ( compare, Best v. City of New York, 97 A.D.2d 389, affd 61 N.Y.2d 847)." Unlike Best, cited by the IAS Court and defendant, plaintiff did not repeatedly reschedule and then fail to appear for a physical exam; rather, the defendant here never provided plaintiff with a scheduled date for such exam at all ( see also, Melendez v. New York City Hous. Auth., 252 A.D.2d 437; McCormack v. Port Washington Union Free School Dist., 214 A.D.2d 546) and never served plaintiff with a subsequent demand following its initial communication (or communications) of March 14, 1996, prior to the hearing held pursuant to General Municipal Law § 50-h. Under the circumstances, therefore, the reasoning in Ruiz is equally applicable here, and we reach the same conclusion that the complaint should not be dismissed.
Concur — Milonas, J. P., Rosenberger, Williams, Tom and Saxe, JJ.