Matter of Fildon, LLC v Planning Bd. of the Inc. Vil. of Hempstead, 2018 NY Slip Op 05591 [2d Dept 2018]
Initially, the Supreme Court should not have transferred this proceeding to this Court pursuant to CPLR 7804(g) because the determination to be reviewed was "not made after a trial-type hearing held pursuant to direction of law at which evidence was taken" (Matter of M & V 99 Franklin Realty Corp. v Weiss, 124 AD3d 783, 784; see CPLR 7803; Village Law § 7-725-a; Matter of Navaretta v Town of Oyster Bay, 72 AD3d 823, 824; Matter of Halperin v City of New Rochelle, 24 AD3d 768, 769). Municipal land use agencies are "quasi-legislative, quasi-administrative bodies," and "the public hearings they conduct are informational in nature and [do] not involve the receipt of sworn testimony or taking of evidence within the meaning of CPLR 7803(4)" (Matter of Halperin v City of New Rochelle, 24 AD3d at 770 [internal quotation marks and citations omitted]). "Accordingly, determinations of such agencies are reviewed under the arbitrary and capricious' standard of CPLR 7803(3), and not the substantial evidence' standard of CPLR 7803(4)" (id.; see Matter of M & V 99 Franklin Realty Corp. v Weiss, 124 AD3d at 784). In the interest of judicial economy, this Court will nevertheless decide the petition on the merits, as the full administrative record is before this Court (see Matter of M & V 99 Franklin Realty Corp. v Weiss, 124 AD3d at 784; [*2]Matter of Halperin v City of New Rochelle, 24 AD3d at 772-773).