Matter of Lang v Kelly
2013 NY Slip Op 04728 [21 NY3d 972]
June 25, 2013
Court of Appeals
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In the Matter of Jean Lang, Appellant,
Raymond Kelly, as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Police Pension Fund, Article II, et al., Respondents.

Decided June 25, 2013

Matter of Lang v Kelly, 101 AD3d 561, affirmed.


Jean Lang, appellant pro se.

Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York City (Keith M. Snow of counsel), for respondents.

{**21 NY3d at 973} OPINION OF THE COURT


The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed with costs, and the certified question not answered on the ground that it is unnecessary.

In March 2008, petitioner tripped over computer wires that for several months had been strung on the floor across a locker room doorway in her precinct. In a 6-6 decision, respondent Board of Trustees denied her application for accidental disability retirement benefits (Matter of City of New York v Schoeck, 294 NY 559, 568 [1945] [tie vote of the Board of Trustees will be resolved against applicant]).

We agree with the Appellate Division that the Board of Trustees could find on this record that petitioner's 2010 statement, which claimed that tape ordinarily secured the wires to the floor but was no longer present on the date she fell, was not credible. Because the record does not establish as a matter of law that petitioner's injury resulted from an incident that was "sudden, fortuitous . . . unexpected [or] out of the ordinary," the Board's determination must be upheld (Matter of McCambridge v McGuire, 62 NY2d 563, 568 [1984]; Matter of Lichtenstein v Board of Trustees of Police Pension Fund of Police Dept. of City of N.Y., Art. II, 57 NY2d 1010, 1012 [1982]).

Chief Judge Lippman and Judges Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Rivera concur; Judge Abdus-Salaam taking no part.

On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.11), order affirmed, with costs, and certified question not answered on the ground that it is unnecessary, in a memorandum.