New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims

ARANGO v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, #2001-011-543, Claim No. 103657, Motion No. M-63074


Synopsis


Claimant's motion for poor person status for the purpose of having the court appoint counsel is denied.

Case Information

UID:
2001-011-543
Claimant(s):
WILLIAM ARANGO, 97 A 3996
Claimant short name:
ARANGO
Footnote (claimant name) :

Defendant(s):
THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Footnote (defendant name) :

Third-party claimant(s):

Third-party defendant(s):

Claim number(s):
103657
Motion number(s):
M-63074
Cross-motion number(s):

Judge:
THOMAS J. McNAMARA
Claimant's attorney:
William Arango, Pro Se
Defendant's attorney:
Hon. Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General(Eileen E. Bryant, Esq., Assistant Attorney General)
Third-party defendant's attorney:

Signature date:
May 10, 2001
City:
Saratoga Springs
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Official citation:

Appellate results:

See also (multicaptioned case)



Decision


Claimant has made a motion for poor person status for the purpose of having the courtappoint counsel to represent him in this action and for waiver of the filing fee. 

In the affidavit submitted in support of the motion, Claimant states that he has no assets, that he is unable to pay the costs, fees and expenses necessary to prosecute the action, that he has income of three dollars per week and that no other person is beneficially interested in the recovery sought. Furthermore, though Claimant does not set forth the nature of the claim on sufficient facts to establish its merit, that information is contained in the verified claim previously filed with the Court.

The statute provides that a party granted poor person status shall not be liable for the payment of any costs or fees unless a recovery is had in his favor (CPLR 1102[d]). In addition, the Court may, in its discretion, assign an attorney to represent the indigent party (CPLR 1102[a]) or in the case of an inmate, permit payment of a reduced filing fee (CPLR 1101[f]).

The portion of the application requesting waiver of the filing fee in this court has already been resolved and there are no other costs in this court. Accordingly, appointment of an attorney is the only issue remaining.

The claim, which is based upon a bailment is not so complicated that achieving a proper result requires the assistance of an attorney. The request for appointed counsel is, therefore, denied.

May 10, 2001
Saratoga Springs, New York

HON. THOMAS J. MCNAMARA
Judge of the Court of Claims



Papers Submitted:

  1. Application to Proceed as a Poor Person sworn to the 2nd day of January, 2001
  2. Affidavit in Opposition of Eileen E. Bryant, Esq., sworn to the 28th day of February, 2001.