IN RE: Scott Needleman

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

IN RE: Scott Needleman, et al., petitioners, v. William A. Kelly, etc., et al., respondents.

2011–08349

Decided: November 22, 2011

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. THOMAS A. DICKERSON RANDALL T. ENG SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ. Scott Needleman and Dorit Needleman, Wesley Hills, N.Y., petitioners pro se. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York, N.Y. (Anthony J. Tomari of counsel), for respondent William A. Kelly. Catalano Gallardo & Petropoulos, LLP, Jericho, N.Y. (Rebecca J. Waldren of counsel), for respondent Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland, Inc.

DECISION, ORDER & JUDGMENT

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 in the nature of mandamus to compel the respondent William A. Kelly, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Rockland County, to “render a determination in the form of an appealable paper” in connection with an underlying action entitled Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland, Inc.v Needleman, pending in the Supreme Court, Rockland County, under Index No. 966/11.   Motion by the respondent Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland, Inc., to dismiss the petition.

Upon the petition, and the papers filed in support of the motion and the papers filed in opposition thereto, it is

ADJUDGED that the petition is denied and the proceeding is dismissed, without costs or disbursements;  and it is further,

ORDERED that the motion is denied as academic in light of the determination of the petition.

The extraordinary remedy of mandamus will lie only to compel the performance of a ministerial act, and only where there exists a clear legal right to the relief sought (see Matter of

Legal Aid Socy. of Sullivan County v Scheinman, 53 N.Y.2d 12, 16).   The petitioners have failed to demonstrate a clear legal right to the relief sought.

RIVERA, J.P., DICKERSON, ENG and ROMAN, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Matthew G. Kiernan

Clerk of the Court

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