The Fourth Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff in this breach of contract action against the town did not comply with the notice-of-claim requirement in the Town Law and the action therefore should have dismissed. Unlike other notice statutes, Town Law 65 (3) does not allow a late notice of claim:
Plaintiff commenced this action to recover payment for highway repair work it performed for defendant, asserting causes of action for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit. Defendant moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground, inter alia, that plaintiff failed to comply with the notice of claim provision under Town Law § 65 (3) and plaintiff cross-moved for leave to file a late notice of claim. Supreme Court denied the motion and granted the cross motion, concluding that, although plaintiff failed to comply with section 65 (3), it should be permitted to file a late notice of claim inasmuch as defendant had actual notice of the essential facts of the claim and did not demonstrate any prejudice that would arise from the late filing of the claim. Defendant appeals.
We agree with defendant that the court erred in denying the motion and in granting the cross motion. Town Law § 65 (3) requires that a written verified claim be filed with the town clerk “within six months after the cause of action shall have accrued.” “[I]n contrast to other notice statutes, Town Law § 65 (3) contains no provision allowing the court to excuse noncompliance with its requirements” … . Accadia Site Contr., Inc. v Town of Pendleton, 2023 NY Slip Op 01386, Fourth Dept 3-17-23
Practice Point: Unlike other notice statutes, Town Law 65 (3) does not make any provision for filing a notice after the six-month deadline.