Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., respondent, v. Dennis ESTWICK, appellant, et al., defendants.
Decided: April 18, 2018
WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., SHERI S. ROMAN, ROBERT J. MILLER, FRANCESCA E. CONNOLLY, JJ.
Dennis Estwick, Montgomery, NY, appellant pro se. Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, New York, N.Y. (David Dunn, Chava Brandriss, and Heather R. Gushue of counsel), for respondent.
DECISION & ORDER
In an action to foreclose a mortgage, the defendant Dennis Estwick appeals from a judgment of foreclosure and sale of the Supreme Court, Orange County (Lori Currier Woods, J.), dated April 13, 2015, which, upon an order of the same court dated September 3, 2014, granting the plaintiff's unopposed motion, inter alia, for summary judgment on the complaint, confirmed a referee's report and directed the sale of the subject property.
ORDERED that the appeal is dismissed except insofar as it brings up for review an order of the same court dated April 13, 2015, which denied the motion of the defendant Dennis Estwick, made jointly with the defendant Aisha Estwick, in effect, to vacate his default in opposing the plaintiff's motion, inter alia, for summary judgment on the complaint; and it is further,
ORDERED that the judgment of foreclosure and sale is affirmed insofar as reviewed; and it is further,
ORDERED that one bill of costs is awarded to the plaintiff.
The defendant Dennis Estwick (hereinafter the defendant) contends that the Supreme Court's order dated September 3, 2014, upon which the judgment of foreclosure and sale appealed from was entered, erroneously granted the plaintiff's motion, inter alia, for summary judgment on the complaint. However, since the defendant failed to oppose that motion, he is not aggrieved by the order granting it and is precluded on appeal from challenging the propriety of that order (see CPLR 5511; Messina v. City of New York, 147 A.D.3d 748, 748, 46 N.Y.S.3d 174; Xavier Constr. Co., Inc. v. Bronxville Union Free Sch. Dist., 143 A.D.3d 976, 977, 39 N.Y.S.3d 517; Janiak v. Ewall, 88 A.D.3d 849, 850, 931 N.Y.S.2d 344; Ponce–Francisco v. Plainview–Old Bethpage Cent. School Dist., 83 A.D.3d 683, 684, 920 N.Y.S.2d 406).
To the extent that the defendant challenges the denial of his motion, made jointly with the defendant Aisha Estwick, in effect, to vacate his default in opposing the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, the Supreme Court correctly determined that he failed to make the requisite showing of a reasonable excuse for the default and a potentially meritorious defense (see Nationstar Mtge., LLC v. McLean, 140 A.D.3d 1131, 1132, 35 N.Y.S.3d 188; Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Besemer, 131 A.D.3d 1047, 1049, 16 N.Y.S.3d 819). In this regard, the defendant's status as a pro se litigant did not warrant vacatur of his default.
Contrary to the defendant's contention, the Supreme Court did not refuse to accept his answer to the complaint. Rather, the record clearly demonstrates that the court accepted and considered the answer.
The defendant's remaining contentions are without merit.
MASTRO, J.P., ROMAN, MILLER and CONNOLLY, JJ., concur.
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