New York State Court of Claims

New York State Court of Claims

REASON v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK, #2002-016-008, Claim No. 104989, Motion No. M-64316


Claim alleging that claimant was injured in construction project at the Manhattan Bridge was dismissed as bridge is owned and maintained by the City of New York.

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Alan C. Marin
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Eliot Spitzer, Attorney GeneralBy: Grace A. Brannigan, AAG
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January 18, 2002
New York

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In the underlying claim, it is asserted that Wayne Reason was injured while working "at premises under construction at the Manhattan Bridge construction project at Sand Street and Jay Street" in Brooklyn. This is defendant's motion to dismiss the claim on the grounds that the state does not own, operate or maintain the bridge. Defendant has submitted the affidavit of Osama Khalil, Claims Engineer in the New York City Regional office of the New York State Department of Transportation. Khalil states that he reviewed the Department's records, which show that the Manhattan Bridge is owned and maintained by the City of New York. He goes on to state that there were no state construction contracts in effect on the date and location alleged in the claim and that claimant did not work for the state or its contractors on that date. Khalil adds that the City of New York did have a contract in effect on the date and location in question. See ¶3 of the October 17, 2001 affidavit of Osama Khalil and the attached "Bridge Identification." Claimant does not controvert any of these assertions, having submitted no opposition papers.

The Court of Claims has no jurisdiction over the City of New York, because the Court of Claims Act only grants this Court jurisdiction over specified suits against the State of New York. While there are a handful of entities other than the state which are made subject to Court of Claims jurisdiction by explicit statutory authority, for example the New York State Thruway Authority (by Public Authorities Law §361-b) or the senior colleges of the City University of New York (by Education Law §62224.4), the City of New York is not one of these entities. See also Weber v State of New York, Ct Cl filed 5/7/01, Nadel J. (unreported, claim no. 103829, motion no. M-63295) and Deppner v State of New York, Ct Cl filed 1/23/01, Marin J. (unreported, claim no. 103249, motion no. M-62781), in which claims involving accidents on Manhattan Bridge construction projects were dismissed.

In view of the foregoing, having reviewed the submissions,[1] IT IS ORDERED that motion no. M-64316 be granted and claim no. 104989 be dismissed.

January 18, 2002
New York, New York

Judge of the Court of Claims

  1. [1]Along with the claim, the following were reviewed: defendant's notice of motion with affirmation in support and exhibits A-C. Claimant filed no opposition papers.