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Strough v. Inc. Vill. of W. Hampton Dunes

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Aug 15, 2012
98 A.D.3d 607 (N.Y. App. Div. 2012)

Opinion

2012-08-15

Scott STROUGH, et al., respondents, v. INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF WEST HAMPTON DUNES, et al., defendants, FM Dune View Designs, LLC, et al., appellants.

Sinnreich Kosakoff & Messina LLP, Central Islip, N.Y. (Jonathan Sinnreich and Timothy F. Hill of counsel), for appellants FM Dune View Designs, LLC, Fran Moss, 780 Dune LLC, Gene Streim, Ilene Streim, Harvey Gessin, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Claire Vegliante, and Laura Fabrizio. Salamon, Gruber, Blaymore & Strenger, P.C., Roslyn Heights, N.Y. (Sanford Strenger of counsel), for appellants Robert Cervoni and Michelle Cervoni.



Sinnreich Kosakoff & Messina LLP, Central Islip, N.Y. (Jonathan Sinnreich and Timothy F. Hill of counsel), for appellants FM Dune View Designs, LLC, Fran Moss, 780 Dune LLC, Gene Streim, Ilene Streim, Harvey Gessin, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Claire Vegliante, and Laura Fabrizio. Salamon, Gruber, Blaymore & Strenger, P.C., Roslyn Heights, N.Y. (Sanford Strenger of counsel), for appellants Robert Cervoni and Michelle Cervoni.
Cahn & Cahn, LLP, Huntington, N.Y. (Richard C. Cahn of counsel), for respondents.

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, PLUMMER E. LOTT, and ROBERT J. MILLER, JJ.

In an action, inter alia, for a judgment declaring that the plaintiffs are the sole owners of certain real property located on the shore of Moriches Bay, the defendants FM Dune View Designs, LLC, Fran Moss, 780 Dune LLC, Gene Streim, Ilene Streim, Harvey Gessin, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Claire Vegliante, and Laura Fabrizio appeal, as limited by their brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Whelan, J.), dated February 16, 2011, as denied their motion for summary judgment, the defendants Robert Cervoni and Michelle Cervoni separately appeal, as limited by their brief, from so much of the same order as denied their cross motion for summary judgment, and the defendants Ettore Mancini, Stuart Schecter, Michelle Schecter, and Robert A. Nyholm appeal from the same order.

ORDERED that the appeal by the defendants Ettore Mancini, Stuart Schecter, Michelle Schecter, and Robert A. Nyholm is dismissed, for failure to perfect the same in accordance with the rules of this Court ( see22 NYCRR 670.8[c], [e] ); and it is further,

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from by the defendants FM Dune View Designs, LLC, Fran Moss, 780 Dune LLC, Gene Streim, Ilene Streim, Harvey Gessin, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Claire Vegliante, Laura Fabrizio, Robert Cervoni, and Michelle Cervoni; and it is further,

ORDERED that one bill of costs is awarded to the respondents, payable by the appellants appearing separately and filing separate briefs.

The defendants FM Dune View Designs, LLC, Fran Moss, 780 Dune LLC, Gene Streim, Ilene Streim, Harvey Gessin, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Claire Vegliante, and Laura Fabrizio failed to establish their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, as they merely pointed to gaps in the plaintiffs' proof instead of “affirmatively demonstrat[ing] the merit of [their] ... defense” ( Velasquez v. Gomez, 44 A.D.3d 649, 843 N.Y.S.2d 368 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Fotiou v. Goodman, 74 A.D.3d 1140, 1141, 905 N.Y.S.2d 626;see also Zuckerman v. City of New York, 49 N.Y.2d 557, 562, 427 N.Y.S.2d 595, 404 N.E.2d 718). Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly denied their motion for summary judgment.

Similarly, the Supreme Court properly denied the cross motion of the defendants Robert Cervoni and Michelle Cervoni (hereinafter together the Cervoni defendants) for summary judgment. The Cervoni defendants failed to establish their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, as they, too, merely pointed to gaps in the plaintiffs' proof instead of “affirmatively demonstrat[ing] the merit of [their] ... defense” ( Velasquez v. Gomez, 44 A.D.3d at 651, 843 N.Y.S.2d 368 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Fotiou v. Goodman, 74 A.D.3d at 1141, 905 N.Y.S.2d 626;see also Zuckerman v. City of New York, 49 N.Y.2d at 562, 427 N.Y.S.2d 595, 404 N.E.2d 718). However, as the Cervoni defendants correctly contend, neither the law of the case doctrine nor the doctrine of governmental immunity precludes them from asserting their defenses at trial ( see Matter of Cortlandt Nursing Home v. Axelrod, 66 N.Y.2d 169, 177 n. 2, 495 N.Y.S.2d 927, 486 N.E.2d 785,cert. denied476 U.S. 1115, 106 S.Ct. 1971, 90 L.Ed.2d 655;Bernard v. Grenci, 48 A.D.3d 722, 724, 853 N.Y.S.2d 168;Sterngass v. Town Bd. of Town of Clarkstown, 43 A.D.3d 1037, 1037, 841 N.Y.S.2d 453;Hampton Val. Farms, Inc. v. Flower & Medalie, 40 A.D.3d 699, 701, 835 N.Y.S.2d 678;Brownrigg v. New York City Hous. Auth., 29 A.D.3d 721, 722, 815 N.Y.S.2d 681;State of New York v. Trustees of Freeholders & Commonalty of Town of Southampton, 99 A.D.2d 804, 805, 472 N.Y.S.2d 394).


Summaries of

Strough v. Inc. Vill. of W. Hampton Dunes

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Aug 15, 2012
98 A.D.3d 607 (N.Y. App. Div. 2012)
Case details for

Strough v. Inc. Vill. of W. Hampton Dunes

Case Details

Full title:Scott STROUGH, et al., respondents, v. INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF WEST…

Court:Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

Date published: Aug 15, 2012

Citations

98 A.D.3d 607 (N.Y. App. Div. 2012)
949 N.Y.S.2d 737
2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 5961

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