Court of Appeals of the State of New York.
Lawrence Conboy for appellant.
Adam R. Palmer for respondent.
Concur: Chief Judge FULD and Judges BURKE, SCILEPPI, BERGAN, BREITEL and JASEN. Judge KEATING dissents in part and votes to reverse and to grant a new trial at which the plaintiff would have the opportunity to seek an amendment of its complaint and, if granted, to offer further proof to support a finding that the road in question has become a public right of way.
Order reversed and the judgment of Supreme Court, St. Lawrence County, reinstated, with costs, in a memorandum: Mere usage by the public of Water Road as relocated is not sufficient to convert this private road into a public highway absent a showing that the road was kept in repair or taken in charge and adopted by public authorities for the statutory period (Pirman v. Confer, 273 N.Y. 357; People v. Sutherland, 252 N.Y. 86; Speir v. Town of New Utrecht, 121 N.Y. 420; Highway Law, § 189). The record does not show that there has been any exercise of public dominion over the road in question.
Case Name: DIAMOND INT'L CORP. v. Little Kildare, Inc.
Citations: 22 N.Y.2d 819
This case can be cited as precedent.