New York Civil Service Attorney Law Blog

New York Civil Service Attorney Law Blog

NYPD, FDNY, DSNY, Corrections disqualification appeals

Posted in Disqualification Success Stories, NYPD disqualification appeals attorney, Uncategorized

The disappointment and frustration of receiving a disqualification letter from NYPD, FDNY, DSNY or New York City Department of Corrections can be addressed by taking action rather than giving up. One of the great parts of New York City civil service jobs is the New York City Civil Service Commission.  The process of appeals has improved dramatically over the 15 years I have been helping disqualified candidates appeal their disqualifications.  A new online computer application handled the appeal filing process.

I created this video to explain the civil service job disqualification appeal process.

Visit my website  for more information about the disqualification appeal process.

Article 78 for teaching license reinstatement denied

Posted in 3020a, Article 78, Civil Service Discipline, Teacher Issues

Petitioner retired while 3020a disciplinary charges were pending against him.  The Appejohn-mark-kuznietsov-38862llate Division Second Department held that the teacher was presumed to have known the Chancellor’s rule that you cannot have your license reinstated if you resign with 3020a charges pending.


Read about this Article 78 3020a case here.

Medical Appeals and Reinstatement Civil Service Law 71/72/73

Posted in Uncategorized


Civil Service Law 71/72/73

Civil Service Law 71/72/73

To protect your job you may have to apply for reinstatement after being place on Section 72 leave.  You would need to fill out DCAS’s Medical Reinstatement form. Along with the form you may have to attach the relevant documents about your leave and fitness for duty and job description.

Click this link to be taken to DCAS’s website for the form and instructions.

If you have any questions or need an attorney for your Civil Service Law 71/72/73 case please call me at (516)248-3494 or email me at

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Was revocation of Alcohol Counselor’s clearance because of old convictions proper?

Posted in Civil Service Discipline, Employment Law, Uncategorized

This was the recently issue in an Article 78 suit brought of remedy a security clearance revocation for old criminal convictions.   The Court addressed the issue of whether an alcohol counselor was seeking “membership” in a law enforcement agency.  The court answered this question in the negative and ordered reinstatement of the security clearance for the Petitioner.

The issues addressed were:

Does the Law enforcement exception to Corrections Law 23-a apply?  Applicants or candidates for law enforcement positions are exempt from the protections of Corrections Law Article 23-a.  Respondent’s argued that the Petitioner was to be treated as a civilian licensed or seeking a license to work in a correctional facility or “to be hired by a law enforcement agency.”

The Court held that “…it is undisputed that Petitioner’s license, rather than employment, is in issue, the law enforcement exemption is inapplicable.”

The Court ordered: the revocation of the security clearance vacated and Respondents directed to reinstate the Petitioner.

Read about this Article 78 employment law case here.

Civil Service Law Section 76

Posted in Civil Service, Civil Service Discipline

Section 76 of the New York State Civil Service Law permits aggrieved employees to appeal a determination after disciplinary proceeding to the NYC Civil Service Commission through an Article 78 proceeding. Civil Service Law section 76 states that the Commission’s decision “shall be final inconclusive, and shall not be subject to further review in any court.”

In the case of New York City Department of Environmental Crotection vs. the NYC Civil Service Commission decided on December 12, 1991 to the highest court in New York State, the Court of Appeals determined that unless the Commission has acted illegally, unconstitutionally or in excess of its jurisdiction an appeal of the discipline imposed by city agency (excluding NYPD) send to the NYC Civil Service Commission and in some way to altered by the Commission will not be reversed by the Courts.

EPA v. NYC Civil Service Commission 78 NY2d 318.

NYPD psych disqualified candidates MUST appeal upon receipt of Notice of Proposed Disqualification-NOPD

Posted in Civil Service, NYPD disqualification appeals attorney

NYPD Psych Disqualification

Disqualified NYPD Police Officer candidates who receive a letter called Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) based on psychological issues must file an appeal within 30 days! Failure to file an appeal and designated an expert to receive your file to prepared an rebuttal appeal report will result in having your case dismissed by the NYC Civil Service Commission if you file an appeal AFTER receiving a Notice of Disqualification (NOD) from the NYPD Psychological Services Section.

Privilege against self incrimination not violated at NYS CSL sect 75 hearing

Posted in Article 78, Civil Service Discipline, Uncategorized

After charges were filed and a hearing held before a hearing officer Petitioner filed an Article 78 suit claiming his privilege against self incrimination had been violated.

The Appellate Division, Second Department wrote: “The privilege against self-incrimination was not a bar to the disciplinary charges because the petitioner was not required to waive his immunity with respect to the use of the statements in a criminal proceeding.

In Matt v. Larocca, 71 N.Y.2d 154, 524 N.Y.S.2d 180, 518 N.E.2d 1172 (N.Y., 1987) considering the same issue the court held:

We conclude therefore that insofar as petitioner was not requested to waive his right to immunity before answering questions specifically, directly and narrowly relating to his official duties, his dismissal did not violate fundamental fairness or his privilege against self-incrimination. Moreover, there is substantial evidence in the record to support the Commissioner’s determination that petitioner willfully refused to answer the questions posed, and dismissal under the circumstances is not ” ‘ “so disproportionate to the offense * * * as to be shocking to one’s sense of fairness”

The court went on to find that the penalty of dismissal did not shock one’s sense of fairness.

Read about this Article 78 Civil Service Law 75 appeal.

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Plaintiff Failed to Comply with County Law 52 – Case Dismissed

Posted in Article 78, Civil Service, Civil Service Discipline

Plaintiff claimed improper termination from respondent County and alleged protection under civil service law section 75 – be the public sector whistleblower law.


Plaintiff failed to file a notice of claim as required by County law section 52 and defendants motion to dismiss this improper termination case was granted. New York State general municipal law section 50 – the and 50 – I applies to cities and not counties. County law section 52 applies to city cases and there is a broader requirement to file a notice of claim.


You can read about this New York State improper termination civil service law case by clicking here.


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NYC provisionals get “Qualified Incumbents Exam”

Posted in Civil Service, Employment Law, NYPD disqualification appeals attorney

Governor Cuomo signed a bill to allow provisional City workers a one time opportunity to take a “Qualified Incumbents Exam” and become permanent in their title.  This exam would be given as long as there were no upcoming open competitive examination for that title.

This bill seeks to reduce the number of provisionals working in the City. This bill is an amendment of the 2008 law which also sought to reduce the number of New York City provisional workers.

Provisional appointments are aimed at filling jobs over the short term but it was revealed that some NYS cities had provisionals serving in their title for 19 years.

Read about this NYS Civil Service provisional exam law by clicking here. 4vpptrflrcs-dorothee-hubner (1)

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