Matter of White v Dennison
2006 NY Slip Op 03679 [29 AD3d 1144]
May 11, 2006
Appellate Division, Third Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Matter of John M. White v Robert Dennison
In the Matter of John M. White, Appellant, v Robert Dennison, as Chair of the New York State Board of Parole, Respondent.
Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Teresi, J.), entered November 16, 2005 in Albany County, which dismissed petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, to review a determination of the Board of Parole denying his request for parole release.
Petitioner was convicted in 1995 of attempted burglary in the second degree after he unlawfully entered the home of a 94-year-old woman for the purpose of taking money and jewelry. He was on parole at the time. Petitioner was sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender to six years to life in prison. In November 2004, he made his third appearance before the Board of Parole. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board denied his release and ordered him held for an additional 24 months. Following the administrative affirmance of the Board's decision, he commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding. Supreme Court thereafter dismissed the petition, resulting in this appeal.
We reject petitioner's assertion that the Board's decision is arbitrary and capricious as the record discloses that the Board considered the appropriate statutory factors in making its decision (see Executive Law § 259-i), including the serious nature of petitioner's crime, his pattern of prior criminal conduct, accomplishments while in prison and postrelease plans (see Matter of Flood v Travis, 17 AD3d 757, 757 ). The fact that petitioner obtained a certificate of earned eligibility did not entitle him to discretionary parole release (see Matter of Pearl v New York State Div. of Parole, 25 AD3d 1058, 1058 ). Moreover, there is no [*2]indication that the Board considered petitioner's use of a weapon in making its decision as this prior inaccuracy in petitioner's file was corrected by the time of his third appearance (see Matter of Wood v Dennison, 25 AD3d 1056, 1057 ). Likewise, there is nothing to suggest that the Board's decision is the product of an informal executive policy of denying parole to violent felons (see id. at 1057). Inasmuch as the Board's decision does not exhibit " 'irrationality bordering on impropriety' " (Matter of Silmon v Travis, 95 NY2d 470, 476 , quoting Matter of Russo v New York State Bd. of Parole, 50 NY2d 69, 77 ), there is no reason to disturb it.
Cardona, P.J., Peters, Spain, Rose and Kane, JJ., concur. Ordered that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.