Substantial evidence support finding that employee guilty of disciplinary charges filed against him

Substantial evidence support finding that employee guilty of disciplinary charges filed against himMatter of Drury v Village of N. Syracuse, 2010 NY Slip Op 06944, Decided on October 1, 2010, Appellate Division, Fourth Department Phillip Druyry commenced an CPLR Article 78* proceeding in an effort to obtain a court order annulling the determination terminating his employment as Village of North Syracuse Code Enforcement Officer and Fire Marshall following a disciplinary hearing held pursuant to Civil Service Law §75. The Appellate Division dismissed his appeal, commenting that the disciplinary determination was supported by "substantial evidence, i.e., 'such relevant proof as a reasonable mind may accept as adequate to support a conclusion or ultimate fact.'" The court also concluded that, under the circumstances of this case, the penalty of termination of employment does not constitute an abuse of discretion as a matter of law because it is not " so disproportionate to the offense as to be shocking to one's sense of fairness,' " citing Matter of Kelly v Safir, 96 NY2d 32. * Section 76 of the Civil Service Law provides alternative appeal procedures to challenge a Section 75 disciplinary determination: [1] Appeal to the Civil Service Commission having jurisdiction within 20 days of his or her receiving notice of the determination; or [2] A judicial appeal pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. The decision is posted on the Internet at: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2010/2010_06944.htm NYPPL

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