Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Christopher Michael COSTELLO, appellant, v. STATE of New York, respondent.
Decided: September 26, 2018
ALAN D. SCHEINKMAN, P.J., REINALDO E. RIVERA, CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, HECTOR D. LASALLE, JJ.
Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & De Cicco, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Brian J. Isaac of counsel), for appellant. Barbara D. Underwood, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Anisha S. Dasgupta, Matthew W. Grieco, and Caroline Olsen of counsel), for respondent.
DECISION & ORDER
In a claim to recover damages for personal injuries, the claimant appeals from an order of the Court of Claims (Gina M. Lopez–Summa, J.), dated September 25, 2015. The order granted the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the claim and denied the claimant's cross motion to deem its notice of claim timely served nunc pro tunc.
ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.
On March 16, 2011, the claimant was driving on Sunrise Highway and, after missing his exit, attempted to cut across the strip of land separating Sunrise Highway from the exit ramp, losing control of his vehicle and sustaining injuries. After being granted permission to file a late notice of claim, the claimant served the claim on the State of New York by regular mail. The State moved for summary judgment dismissing the claim on the ground that service was improper, as it was not made in accordance with Court of Claims Act § 11. The claimant cross-moved for the court to deem its notice of claim timely served nunc pro tunc. The Court of Claims granted the motion and denied the cross motion. The claimant appeals, and we affirm.
We agree with the Court of Claims' determination to grant the State's motion for summary judgment dismissing the claim, as the claim was improperly served upon the State by regular mail rather than by personal service or certified mail as required by Court of Claims Act § 11 (see Brown v. State of New York, 114 A.D.3d 632, 632–633, 979 N.Y.S.2d 676; Adkison v. State of New York, 226 A.D.2d 409, 640 N.Y.S.2d 787).
The claimant's remaining contentions are without merit.
SCHEINKMAN, P.J., RIVERA, CHAMBERS and LASALLE, JJ., concur.
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