“Nailing” of Petition on Next to Last Day for Service, and Mailing on the Last Day, Was Sufficient—Respondent, Who Initially Declined Designation as a Candidate, Could Not Subsequently Accept Designation as a Substitute Candidate
The Fourth Department, over a two-justice dissent, determined that the petition seeking invalidation of respondent’s designating petition was timely served by “nail and mail” because the nailing occurred on the day before the last possible date for service and the mailing occurred on the last possible day for service. The fact the petition could not have been “received” by mail by that date was not determinative. On the merits, the court determined respondent could not be the substitute candidate for a vacancy he himself had created by initially declining the designation. With respect to the service issue, the court wrote:
… [T]he petitioner must effectuate ” actual delivery of the instrument of notice not later than the last day on which the proceeding may be commenced’ ” … . In other words, the respondents must “receive delivery” of the order to show cause and the verified petition “within the [statute of limitations] period” … . That requirement operates irrespective of the court’s specific service directions under section 16-116 … .
Contrary to the view of our dissenting colleagues, we conclude that petitioner effectuated “actual delivery” of the commencement papers when they were affixed to respondent’s front door. It is well established that because “the [commencement] papers were timely affixed to the front door, the fact that the papers mailed were not received on [or before the statute of limitations date] was not a jurisdictional defect” … . Matter of Angletti v Morreale, 2015 NY Slip Op 06616, 4th Dept 8-19-15