Matter of Dixon v Reynolds
2009 NY Slip Op 06260 [65 AD3d 819]
August 19, 2009
Appellate Division, Fourth Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau
pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Matter of Dixon v Reynolds
In the Matter of Lynne Dixon, Appellant, v Robert B. Reynolds, Jr., et al., Respondents, et al., Respondents.
—[*1] Bouvier Partnership, LLP, Buffalo (Emilio Colaiacovo of counsel), for petitioner-appellant.
Jerome D. Schad, Williamsville, for respondent-respondent Robert B. Reynolds, Jr. and Cantor, Lukasik, Dolce & Panepinto, Buffalo (Jerome D. Schad of counsel), for respondents-respondents Sandra J. Rosenswie and Robert C. Vacanti, Purporting to Be the Presiding Officer and Secretary of a Meeting of the Executive Committee of Erie County Independence Party, at Which a Designation of Candidates Was Made and Erie County Independence Party.
Jeffrey E. Marion, Williamsville, for respondents-respondents Michele M. Iannello and Thomas a Loughran, Candidates.
Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Diane Y. Devlin, J.), entered August 6, 2009 in a proceeding pursuant to, inter alia, Election Law article 16. The order dismissed the petition.
It is hereby ordered that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.
Memorandum: Petitioner commenced this special proceeding seeking, inter alia, a determination that the certificates of authorization issued to respondents Robert B. Reynolds, Jr., Michele M. Iannello, and Thomas A. Loughran by the Erie County Independence Party were null and void. The certificates in question authorized those three respondents to run in the Independence Party primary for the position of County Legislator. We agree with Supreme Court that the proceeding is jurisdictionally defective based on petitioner's failure to join the New York [*2]State Independence Party (State Party) as a necessary party (see CPLR 1001 [a]; 1003; Matter of Vasquez v Smith, 224 AD2d 822, 823 ; Matter of Regan v New York State Bd. of Elections, 207 AD2d 647 , lv denied 84 NY2d 801 ). The petition sought a determination interpreting the State Party's rules, and such determination could have an inequitable effect on the rights of the State Party (see Vasquez, 224 AD2d at 823). Additionally, petitioner failed to serve the Erie County Independence Party in accordance with the terms of the order to show cause (see Matter of Rodriguez v Ward, 43 AD3d 640, 641 ). In view of our determination, we need not address the remaining issues raised on appeal. Present—Scudder, P.J., Hurlbutt, Martoche, Green and Pine, JJ.