Matter of Ferris v New York State Dept. of Motor Vehs. Appeals Bd.

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Matter of Ferris v New York State Dept. of Motor Vehs. Appeals Bd. 2015 NY Slip Op 09505 Decided on December 23, 2015 Appellate Division, Fourth Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on December 23, 2015 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, VALENTINO, WHALEN, AND DEJOSEPH, JJ.
1343 TP 14-02071

[*1]IN THE MATTER OF PAMELA G. FERRIS, PETITIONER,

v

NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES APPEALS BOARD, RESPONDENT.



LEONARD & CURLEY, PLLC, ROME (MARK C. CURLEY OF COUNSEL), FOR PETITIONER.

ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ALBANY (DOROTHY F. POWELL OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.



Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department by order of the Supreme Court, Oneida County [David A. Murad, J.], entered November 10, 2014) to vacate and annul the determination of respondent. The determination revoked the driver's license of petitioner.

It is hereby ORDERED that the determination is unanimously confirmed without costs and the petition is dismissed.

Memorandum: Petitioner commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding seeking to annul the determination revoking her driver's license based upon her refusal to submit to a chemical test to determine her blood alcohol level (see Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1194 [2] [d]). Respondent upheld the determination of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) following a hearing that petitioner refused, by her conduct, to submit to a chemical test to determine her blood alcohol level following her arrest for driving while intoxicated (see § 1194 [2] [c]). Contrary to petitioner's contention, the ALJ was entitled to credit the testimony of two police officers that the inability to obtain an adequate sample from petitioner following two attempts to complete a chemical breath test was the result of petitioner's failure to blow adequately into the breathalyzer machine, and that she verbally refused their offer to allow her to provide a third sample (see Matter of Miracle v New York State Dept. of Motor Vehs. , 303 AD2d 1053, 1053). We conclude that the determination is supported by substantial evidence (see Matter of Beaver v Appeals Bd. of Admin. Adjudication Bur., State Dept. of Motor Vehs. , 68 NY2d 935, revg on dissenting mem 117 AD2d 956, 958-959; Miracle , 303 AD2d at 1053;

Matter of Van Sickle v Melton , 64 AD2d 846, 846).

Entered: December 23, 2015

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court