Ashford et al v. Spitzer et al

Filing 48

DECISION and ORDER adopting 14 Report and Recommendation in all respects. ORDERED that plaintiffs' request for Class Certification is DENIED without prejudice with leave to renew in the event that plaintiffs obtain an attorney to represent them in this matter. Signed by Judge David N. Hurd on 1/13/2009. {Decision & Order served via regular mail on any non-ecf parties} (mgh)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ----------------------------------MAUREN JEROME ASHFORD; DENNIS PARK; JAMELLE MANNING; MICHAEL BURDICK; LEON HURD MICHAEL LEE TURNER; ERIC McGRIFF; RAYMOND C. GEORGE; CHARLES WASHINGTON; PAUL HOLLIS; ISSAC McDONALD; HARRY HUBBARD; RODNEY JACKSON; MARK SWIFT; FRED MINOR; LAMAR LOVETTE; CHARLES ROBERTS; WILFREDO RODENA; CLAUDE F. BEY; DANIEL MERCADO; ROBERT VAZQUEZ; MICHAEL ALEXANDER; JOHNATHAN MARKS; ABDUL BEYAH; LATIEF JOHNSON; and RICHARD CURTIS, Plaintiff, vs ELIOT SPITZER; DENISE E. O'DONNELL, Commissioner, Division of Criminal Justice Services for the State of new York; GEORGE B. ALEXANDER, Chairman/CEO, Division of Parole for the State of new York; BRIAN FISCHER, Commissioner, New York State Department of Correctional Services; DR. MICHAEL F. HOGAN, PHD, Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health; DIANA JONES RITTER, Commissioner, New York State Office of mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities; RANDALL BLUTH, Commissioner; MICHAEL MELKONIAN, Commissioner, Legislative Bill Drafting Commission; EDWIN ELFELDT, Coordinator Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program; JOSEPH T. SMITH, Superintendent, *; NEVILLE ANDREWS, Dep. Supt. Programs, *; SEAN KOBER, Grievance Supervisor, Inmate Grievance Program; ED RUDDER, Senior Counselor/ Psychologist; DICK FITCHETT, Senior Counselor; BRIAM McCULLOUGH, Senior Counselor; FRANK CHIAPERRINO, Corrections Counselor; JOHN TOWNLEY, Corrections Counselor/LMSW; STACEY BODE, Clinical Social Worker, II; HOETGER, Corrections Officer, *; KEN CUTLER, 9:08-CV-1036 Corrections Officer, *; J. STEFANIK, Corrections Officer, *; HAINE, Corrections Officer, *; KANE, Corrections Officer, *; GAY, Corrections Officer, *; GARDNER. Lieutenant, *; and MOSS, Sergeant, *, (* all of Shawangunk Correctional Facility), Defendants. -----------------------------------APPEARANCES: Pro Se Plaintiffs: Mauren Jerome Ashford 93-B-2332 Auburn CF Dennis Park 03-B-0518 Clinton CF Jamelle Manning 00-A-3270 Clinton CF Michael Burdick 06-B-1430 Clinton CF Leon Hurd 05-B-0831 Shawangunk CF Michael Lee Turner Shawangunk CF Eric McGriff 05-B-0102 Coxsackie CF Raymond C. George 03-B-0144 Shawangunk CF OF COUNSEL: -2- Charles Washington 88-C-0229 Shawangunk CF Paul Hollis 94-B-3238 Shawangunk CF Issac McDonald 03-B-2885 Shawangunk CF Harry Hubbard 07-B-2396 Shawangunk CF Rodney Jackson 04-A-5654 Shawangunk CF Mark Swift 05-B-3040 Shawangunk CF Fred Minor 85-B-0968 Shawangunk CF Lamar Lovette 07-A-0742 Shawangunk CF Charles Roberts 07-B-2685 Shawangunk CF W ilfredo Rodena 89-A-1432 Shawangunk CF Claude F. Bey Shawangunk CF -3- Daniel Mercado 88-A-3113 Shawangunk CF Robert Vazquez Shawangunk CF Michael Alexander 83-B-2845 Clinton CF Johnathan Marks 83-B-2845 Great Meadow CF Abdul Beyah Shawangunk CF Latief Johnson Shawangunk CF Richard Curtis 99-B-2772 Shawangunk CF DAVID N. HURD United States District Judge DECISION and ORDER Plaintiffs brought this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. By ReportRecommendation dated December 3, 2008, the Honorable Randolph F. Treece, United States Magistrate Judge, recommended that plaintiffs' request for Class Certification be denied without prejudice with leave to renew in the event that plaintiffs obtain an attorney to represent them in this matter. Plaintiff Mauren Jerome Ashford has filed timely objections to the report-recommendation. -4- Based upon a careful review of the entire file and the recommendation of Magistrate Judge Treece, the Report-Recommendation is accepted and adopted in all respects. See 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1). Accordingly, it is ORDERED that plaintiffs' request for Class Certification is DENIED without prejudice with leave to renew in the event that plaintiffs obtain an attorney to represent them in this matter. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: January 13, 2009 Utica, New York. -5-

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