Maynard v. Social Security Administration
MEMORANDUM & ORDER: Maurice Maynard's 15 Motion for Reconsideration is denied. As the Court previously explained, Maynard's recourse, should he want to receive SSI benefits, is to file a request for reconsideration with the Social Securit y Administration. The Court certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this Order would not be taken in good faith and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for purpose of an appeal. So Ordered by Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon on 10/31/2012. (Lakin, Sophia)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
NOT FOR PRINT OR
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
- against SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION,
AMON, Chief United States District Judge.
On December 9, 2011, petitioner Maurice Maynard filed the instant pro se action against
the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) regarding Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”)
payments. By Order dated June 19, 2012, this Court dismissed the action without prejudice and
entered judgment on June 21, 2012. (DE #13; DE #14.) On September 26, 2012, Maynard filed
a “Motion to Reconsider,” which includes a “Revised Complaint.” (DE #15.) Maynard’s
request for reconsideration is denied.
In his handwritten submission, Maynard states that he has decided to drop “the punitive
action for 5 million dollars” but that he wants to continue his demand for a lump-sum payment
for the period of November 1, 2006 to January 1, 2011. The submission, however, does not
suggest any grounds that would justify relief from the judgment.
The standard for granting a motion to reconsider under either Rule 60(b) of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure or Local Civil Rule 6.3 of the Local Rules of the United States District
Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York is a strict one. Indeed, a district court
will generally deny reconsideration unless the moving party can point to either “controlling
decisions or data that the court overlooked—matters that might reasonably be expected to alter
the conclusion reached by the court.” Lora v. O’Heaney, 602 F.3d 106, 111 (2d Cir. 2010)
(quoting Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d Cir. 1995)) (internal quotation
Maynard’s September 26, 2012 submission fails to allege any controlling legal arguments
or facts that this Court overlooked. As the Court previously explained in its June 19, 2012
Order, this Court cannot review Maynard’s request for SSI benefits until he has exhausted his
remedies available through the SSA. See Weinberger v. Salfi, 422 U.S. 749, 765 (1975).
Maynard still has not shown that he has met the exhaustion requirement, and thus, as a
consequence, the Court continues to have no “final decision” to review. See 42 U.S.C. § 405(g)
(requiring a “final decision of the Commissioner made after a hearing to which [the claimant]
was a party”); Matthews v. Chater, 891 F. Supp. 186, 188 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) (“It is well settled
that . . . judicial review of Social Security benefit determinations is limited to ‘final’ decisions of
the Commissioner made after a hearing, that available administrative procedures must be
exhausted and that a final decision is a prerequisite for subject matter jurisdiction in the District
Court.”) (citing, inter alia, Califano v. Sanders, 430 U.S. 99 (1977)). Although, as this Court
noted in its earlier Order, failure to exhaust can in certain limited circumstances be excused, the
Court has already determined that no such basis for waiving the exhaustion requirements exists
here, and Maynard has not articulated any reason to revisit that determination.
For the foregoing reasons, Maynard’s motion for reconsideration is denied. As the Court
previously explained, Maynard’s recourse, should he want to receive SSI benefits, is to file a
request for reconsideration with the SSA. 20 C.F.R. §§ 416.1336(b), 416.1404. The Court
certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this Order would not be taken
in good faith and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for purpose of an appeal.
Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444-45 (1962).
Dated: Brooklyn, New York
Carol Bagley Amon
Chief United States District Judge
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