IN RE: the Claim of Kenneth A. KEMP

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

IN RE: the Claim of Kenneth A. KEMP, Appellant. Commissioner of Labor, Respondent.

Decided: September 23, 2004

Before:  CREW III, J.P., PETERS, SPAIN, CARPINELLO and MUGGLIN, JJ. Kenneth A. Kemp, Orlando, appellant pro se.

Appeal from a decision of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, filed June 2, 2003, which ruled that claimant was disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits because he lost his employment due to misconduct.

Claimant was discharged from his employment after he used his office computer to view Web sites which violated the employer's policy governing use of the Internet.   The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board disqualified him from receiving unemployment insurance benefits on the basis that he lost his employment due to misconduct.   Claimant appeals.   Based upon our review of the record, we find that substantial evidence supports the Board's decision.   The manager who investigated the matter testified that numerous hits were made from petitioner's office computer to three Web sites, which were considered by management to be pornographic.   Although petitioner maintained that someone else could have used his computer to access such Web sites and that two of the identified Web sites were not pornographic, this presented a credibility issue for the Board to resolve (see Matter of Manno [Commissioner of Labor], 8 A.D.3d 869, 779 N.Y.S.2d 140 [2004];  Matter of Barcene [Commissioner of Labor], 6 A.D.3d 855, 774 N.Y.S.2d 439 [2004] ).   Therefore, we decline to disturb the Board's decision.

ORDERED that the decision is affirmed, without costs.

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