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Jerry Delakas appeal

Jerry Delakas appeal

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SUPREMECOURT,APPELLATEDIVISIONFIRSTDEPARTMENT
APRIL26,2012
THECOURTANNOUNCESTHEFOLLOWINGDECISIONS:
Gonzalez,P.J.,Mazzarelli,Andrias,Sweeny,Manzanet-Daniels,JJ.
6391InreJerryDelakas,Petitioner-Appellant,Index100739/11-against-JonathanMintz,etc.,Respondent-Respondent.Santamarina&Associates,NewYork(GilSantamarinaofcounsel),forappellant.MichaelA.Cardozo,CorporationCounsel,NewYork(AlyseFioriofcounsel),forrespondent.Orderandjudgment(onepaper),SupremeCourt,NewYorkCounty(CynthiaS.Kern,J.),enteredApril4,2011,whichdeniedthepetitionanddismissedaCPLRarticle78proceedingtoannulandvacaterespondent'sdetermination,datedJanuary6,2011,denyingpetitioner'sapplicationtorenewalicensetooperateanexistingnewsstand,affirmed,withoutcosts.Respondent'sdeterminationthatpetitionerdoesnotqualifyforalicensepursuantto6RCNY
§
2-64(a)(12)hasarationalbasis
(seeMatterofWooleyvNewYorkStateDept.ofCorrectionalServs.,
15NY3d275,280[2010]).Asthedissent
 
pointsout,6RCNY
§
2-64(a)(12)mandatesthreerequirementsthatmustbemetbeforealicensetooperateanewsstandmaybeassigneduponthedeathordisabilityofthenamedlicenseholder.Evenacursoryreviewofthefirstsubsectionshowsthatpetitionerdoesnotqualify.Itreads:U(A)theapplicantisadependentspouse,dependentdomesticpartner,dependentchildorone-timeemployeeoftheformerlicensee,orbearsanotherpre-existing,establishedrelationshiptosuchformerlicenseethatincludedfinancialdependenceonsuchlicensee."Petitionerhadbeenpayingamonthlyrenttosuccessiveownersoftheoperatinglicensesince1987.Heneversoughtthelicenseinhisownnameuntilthelastnamedlicenseepassedawayandhecouldnolongercontinuetheimproperrelationship.Thus,itwasthelicense,andnotanyofthethreepreviousholders,onwhichpetitionerwasdependent.
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Finally,althoughnotnecessaryforthisdetermination,itwascertainlyarationalconclusionthatpetitionerhadtobeawareoftheillicit,underthetablearrangementhefacilitatedbyhispaymentstothreeseparateownersbeginningasfarbackas1987;eachownersubmittedswornstatementsthathe/shewastheoperatorofthenewsstandwhilepetitioneropenlyoperatedit.lAspetitionerdoesnotmeetthefirstrequirementof
§
2-64(a)(12),itisnotnecessarytoaddresstheothertwo.
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Thedissentrecognizesthatourreviewofthismatterislimitedtowhetherthereisanyrationalbasisforrespondent'sdetermination.Regardlessofwhetherweagreewithit,onthisrecord,itcannotbesaidthatrespondent'sdeterminationisirrational.Petitionerisfreetoseekalicenseunderhisownname(6RCNY
§
2-64(1)(11)).Hejustmaynotjumpaheadofthosewhoaregivenpriorityasamatteroflaw.Wehavereviewedpetitioner'sremainingcontentionsandfindthemunavailing.AllconcurexceptMazzarelliandAndrias,JJ.whodissentinanmemorandum
by
Andrias,J.asfollows:
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