MORIANO v. PROVIDENT NEW YORK BANCORP

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Patricia MORIANO, etc., respondent, v. PROVIDENT NEW YORK BANCORP, appellant.

Decided: March 09, 2010

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, THOMAS A. DICKERSON, ARIEL E. BELEN, and SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ. McGivney & Kluger, P.C., New York, N.Y. (Kenneth S. Ross of counsel), for appellant. Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP, Walden, N.Y. (David Gandin of counsel), for respondent.

In an action to recover damages for breach of a lease, the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Orange County (Slobod, J.), dated September 8, 2009, which, in effect, denied its motion, inter alia, to compel the plaintiff to accept its late answer.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

“A defendant who has failed to timely appear or answer the complaint must provide a reasonable excuse for the default and demonstrate a meritorious defense to the action, when opposing a motion for leave to enter judgment upon its failure to appear or answer and moving to extend the time to answer or to compel the acceptance of an untimely answer” (Lipp v. Port Auth. of N.Y. & N .J., 34 A.D.3d 649, 649, 824 N.Y.S.2d 671; see Juseinoski v. Board of Educ. of City of N.Y., 15 A.D.3d 353, 356, 790 N.Y.S.2d 162). Here, the Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying the defendant's motion, inter alia, to compel the plaintiff to accept its late answer, since it failed to demonstrate the existence of a meritorious defense to the action (see Baldwin v. Mateogarcia, 57 A.D.3d 594, 595, 869 N.Y.S.2d 217; Cortlandt Healthcare, LLC v. Gantt, 54 A.D.3d 799, 800, 863 N.Y.S.2d 769; Lipp v. Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., 34 A.D.3d at 649-650, 824 N.Y.S.2d 671; Juseinoski v. Board of Educ. of City of N.Y., 15 A.D.3d at 357-358, 790 N.Y.S.2d 162).

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