Elena Araujo, plaintiff-respondent, v. City of New York, respondent-appellant, Vito Colonna, et al., defendants third-party plaintiffs-appellants-respondents;  S. Scotto, third-party defendant-respondent.

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

Elena Araujo, plaintiff-respondent, v. City of New York, respondent-appellant, Vito Colonna, et al., defendants third-party plaintiffs-appellants-respondents;  S. Scotto, third-party defendant-respondent.

2010-01974 2010-01975 (Index No. 34498/06)

Decided: December 28, 2010

PETER B. SKELOS, J.P. ANITA R. FLORIO RUTH C. BALKIN JOHN M. LEVENTHAL, JJ. Gannon, Rosenfarb & Moskowitz, New York, N.Y. (Peter J. Gannon and Rojika Antanesian of counsel), for defendants third-party plaintiffs-appellants-respondents. Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York, N.Y. (Barry P. Schwartz and Julie Steiner of counsel), for respondent-appellant. Michael F. Kanzer & Associates, P.C. (Robert George Bombara, Howard Beach, N.Y., of counsel), for plaintiff-respondent. Congdon, Flaherty, O'Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis & Fishlinger, Uniondale, N.Y. (Laura A. Endrizzi of counsel), for third-party defendant-respondent.

Argued-December 9, 2010

DECISION & ORDER

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendants third-party plaintiffs, Vito Colonna and Maria Colonna, appeal (1), as limited by their brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Velasquez, J.), dated January 15, 2010, as denied that branch of their motion which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them, and (2) from an order of the same court, also dated January 15, 2010, which granted the motion of the third-party defendant, S. Scotto, for summary judgment dismissing the third-party complaint, and the defendant City of New York cross-appeals, as limited by its brief, from so much of the first order dated January 15, 2010, as denied its cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against it.

ORDERED that the first order dated January 15, 2010, is affirmed insofar as appealed and cross-appealed from;  and it is further,

ORDERED that the second order dated January 15, 2010, is affirmed;  and it is further,

ORDERED that one bill of costs is awarded to the third-party defendant, payable by the defendants third-party plaintiffs, and one bill of costs is awarded to the plaintiff, payable by the defendants.

The defendants Vito Colonna and Maria Colonna (hereinafter together the Colonnas) contend that the Supreme Court erred in denying that branch of their motion which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them.   The evidence submitted by the Colonnas, including deposition testimony, photographs, and an expert affidavit, was insufficient to demonstrate, prima facie, that the alleged defect was trivial and, therefore, not actionable (see Bolloli v. Waldbaum, Inc., 71 AD3d 618;  Hahn v. Wilhelm, 54 AD3d 896;  Corrado v. City of New York, 6 AD3d 380).   Moreover, there was conflicting evidence as to who made repairs on the sidewalk in front of the Colonnas' house.   Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly denied that branch of the Colonnas' motion which was for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them (see Seith v. City of New York, 293 A.D.2d 666;  Zito v. City of New York, 293 A.D.2d 469;  Fraser v. Fertig, 251 A.D.2d 621;  Botfeld v. City of New York, 162 A.D.2d 652).

The defendant City of New York also contends that the Supreme Court erred in denying its cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against it.   However, since a triable issue of fact exists as to whether the defect was trivial and nonactionable, the Supreme Court properly denied the City's cross motion.

Contrary to the Colonnas' contention, the Supreme Court properly granted the motion of the third-party defendant, S. Scotto, an adjacent landowner to the Colonnas, for summary judgment dismissing the third-party complaint.   S. Scotto established, prima facie, that he did not create a defect or hazardous condition on the sidewalk in front of the Colonnas' home (see Hines v. City of New York, 43 AD3d 869;  Rodgers v. City of New York, 34 AD3d 555;  Alexopoulos v. City of New York, 33 AD3d 828).   Moreover, with regard to the claims for contractual indemnification and breach of contract asserted against S. Scotto, S. Scotto demonstrated that there was no contract between himself and the Colonnas.   In opposition, the Colonnas failed to raise a triable issue of fact.

SKELOS, J.P., FLORIO, BALKIN and LEVENTHAL, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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