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290 A.D.2d 492; 736 N.Y.S.2d 255, *;

David H. Keiser, appellant, v James De Peyster Todd, etc., et al., respondents.

2001-03652

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT

290 A.D.2d 492; 736 N.Y.S.2d 255; 2002 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 603

January 3, 2002, Submitted

January 22, 2002, Decided

COUNSEL: Robert A. Sternbach, New York, N.Y., for appellant.

McCarthy Fingar, Donovan, Drazen & Smith, LLP, White Plains, N.Y. (Robert H. Rosh of counsel), for respondents James De Peyster Todd and Louise Todd Ambler.

George J. Calcagnini, Mount Kisco, N.Y., for respondents Scott Kurnit and Abbe Heller Kurnit. JUDGES: GLORIA GOLDSTEIN, J.P., LEO F. McGINITY, DANIEL F. LUCIANO, STEPHEN G. CRANE, JJ. GOLDSTEIN, J.P., McGINITY, LUCIANO and CRANE, JJ., concur.

OPINION: [*255] DECISION & ORDER

In an action, inter alia, for specific performance of an option agreement, the plaintiff appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Westchester County (DiBlasi, J.), entered March 8, 2001, as granted the defendants' respective cross motions to dismiss the complaint.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with one bill of costs.

Contrary to the plaintiff's contention, the description set forth in the 1997 draft option agreement does not identify the subject property to be conveyed with the degree of certainty necessary to satisfy the Statute [**2] of Frauds (see, General Obligations Law § 5-703[2]; J & J Bldrs. & Developers v John D'Alesio & Sons, 158 A.D.2d 674, 552 N.Y.S.2d 45; Cohen v Swenson, 140 A.D.2d 407, 528 N.Y.S.2d 110). To comply with the writing requirement, "a memorandum, signed by the party to be charged, must designate the parties, identify and describe the subject matter, and [*256] state all of the essential terms of a complete agreement" ( Sheehan v Culotta, 99 A.D.2d 544, 545, 471 N.Y.S.2d 626; see, 160 Chambers St. Realty Corp. v Register of City of NY, 226 A.D.2d 606, 641 N.Y.S.2d 351).

The plaintiff's remaining contentions are without merit.

GOLDSTEIN, J.P., McGINITY, LUCIANO and CRANE, JJ., concur.