NEW MILLENNIUM PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES v. UNITRIN ADVANTAGE INSURANCE COMPANY

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NEW MILLENNIUM PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, P.C. as Assignee of Christine Waters, Appellant, v. UNITRIN ADVANTAGE INSURANCE COMPANY, Respondent.

No. 2010–453 Q C.

Decided: July 07, 2011

Present: STEINHARDT, J.P., GOLIA and RIOS, JJ.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.

In this action by a provider to recover assigned first-party no-fault benefits, plaintiff appeals from so much of an order of the Civil Court entered January 8, 2010 as granted defendant's motion for summary judgment to the extent of dismissing plaintiff's claim for services rendered on October 30, 2007 and November 13, 2007, in the total sum of $1,026.51. A judgment dismissing that claim was subsequently entered, from which the appeal is deemed to have been taken (see CPLR 5501[c] ).

Plaintiff argues that the “affidavit” of its psychologist, submitted in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment, was sufficient to raise a triable issue of fact. However, the “affidavit,” which contained a notary public's stamp and signature, bore no caption and contained no attestation that the psychologist was duly sworn or that he had appeared before the notary public (cf. Furtow v. Jenstro Enters., Inc., 75 AD3d 494 [2010]; Collins v. AA Truck Renting Corp., 209 A.D.2d 363 [1994] ). While there is no specific form of oath required in New York (see General Construction Law § 36), an oath is to be “calculated to awaken the conscience and impress the mind of the person taking it in accordance with his or her religious or ethical beliefs” (CPLR 2309[b] ). We find that inasmuch as the omissions in plaintiff's submission constituted more than a mere defect in form, plaintiff's “affidavit” failed to meet the requirements of CPLR 2309(b). Accordingly, the judgment is affirmed.

STEINHARDT, J.P., GOLIA and RIOS, JJ., concur.