AFFINITY ELMWOOD GATEWAY PROPERTIES LLC PLAINTIFF RESPONDENT v. EVELYN BENCINICH SUSAN DAVIS STEVEN GATHERS ANGELINE GENOVESE SANDRA GIRAGE ANDREW LANE AND LORENZ WUSTNER DEFENDANTS APPELLANTS

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

AFFINITY ELMWOOD GATEWAY PROPERTIES, LLC, PLAINTIFF–RESPONDENT, v. AJC PROPERTIES LLC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS, EVELYN BENCINICH, SUSAN M. DAVIS, STEVEN GATHERS, ANGELINE C. GENOVESE, SANDRA GIRAGE, ANDREW B. LANE AND LORENZ M. WUSTNER, DEFENDANTS–APPELLANTS.

CA 14–02149

Decided: June 19, 2015

PRESENT:  SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, VALENTINO, AND WHALEN, JJ. ARTHUR J. GIACALONE, EAST AURORA, FOR DEFENDANTS–APPELLANTS. LIPPES, MATHIAS, WEXLER, FRIEDMAN, LLP, BUFFALO (BRENDAN H. LITTLE OF COUNSEL), FOR PLAINTIFF–RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum:  Defendants-appellants (defendants) appeal from an order denying their motion to settle the consolidated record on appeal by excluding the 10–day trial transcript.   We affirm.   Contrary to defendants' contention, their appeal does not merely concern “exceptions to rulings on questions of law” such that no transcript is required (CPLR 5525[b] ).  Rather, because “this appeal will necessarily involve questions of fact, an appeal without a transcript is not appropriate” (Robinson & Carpenter v. Gangl, 31 A.D.2d 665, 666).  “In the absence of a stipulation by the parties to the contrary, the court was required under CPLR 5525 to settle only a complete trial transcript” (Rush v. Insogna, 170 A.D.2d 753, 753).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court