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Cabrini Terrace Joint Venture v. Charles O’Brien, Appelate Division, First Department

Cabrini Terrace Joint Venture v O’Brien 2010 NY Slip Op 01891 [71 AD3d 486] March 11, 2010 Appellate Division, First Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. As corrected through Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cabrini Terrace Joint Venture, Respondent,
Charles O’Brien, Appellant.

—[*1] Charles O’Brien, Bronx, appellant pro se.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., New York (Jeffrey R. Metz of counsel), for respondent.

Order of the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, First Department, entered April 30, 2009, which affirmed a judgment, Civil Court, New York County (Gerald Lebovits, J.), entered on or about March 7, 2008, after a nonjury trial, awarding petitioner possession, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The trial court’s findings, based largely on credibility, are not against the weight of the evidence (see Thoreson v Penthouse Intl., 80 NY2d 490, 495 [1992]). The conditions in tenant’s apartment were properly found harmful to the health, safety and comfort of others based on testimony of roach and rodent infestation, clutter, offensive odors, and stacked newspapers and wiring in disarray, as well as of tenant’s refusal of access (see 12 Broadway Realty, LLC v Levites, 44 AD3d 372 [2007]; Zipper v Haroldon Ct. Condominium, 39 AD3d 325 [2007], lv dismissed 9 NY3d 919 [2007]; Stratton Coop. v Fener, 211 AD2d 559 [1995]). A posttrial opportunity to cure was properly denied upon a finding, based on the testimony and the trial court’s own inspection, that the nuisance conditions had existed over a substantial period, had not abated although tenant had been given ample opportunity to do so, and were unlikely to be abated (see Matter of Chi-Am Realty, LLC v Guddahl, 33 AD3d 911, 912 [2006], citing, inter alia, Stratton, 211 AD2d 559 [1995], supra; see also Zipper, 39 AD3d at 326). Tenant’s contentions regarding the admissibility of evidence are unavailing. Concur—Mazzarelli, J.P., Saxe, Moskowitz, Acosta and Renwick, JJ. [Prior Case History: 23 Misc 3d 136(A), 2009 NY Slip Op 50827(U).]

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