262 A.D.2d 202 (1999)

692 N.Y.S.2d 327

In the Matter of SYLVETTE TODD, Appellant, v. NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, Respondent.

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department.

Decided June 22, 1999.

Proceedings pursuant to CPLR article 78 must be commenced within four months after the determination the petitioner seeks to review becomes final (CPLR 217 [1]). The Statute of Limitations is not extended by an application to the agency to reconsider its determination (Matter of Johnson v Christian, 114 A.D.2d 321), unless the agency's rules mandate reconsideration (see, Matter of Feller v Wagner, 7 A.D.2d 126), which is not the case here. Petitioner's allegations of mental incapacity serving to toll the Statute of Limitations are unavailing. The tolling of the statute is to be interpreted narrowly and is intended only for those persons who are unable to protect their legal rights by reason of incapacity (McCarthy v Volkswagen of Am., 55 N.Y.2d 543). This is not the case here where petitioner retained counsel three months before the statute ran.

We have considered petitioner's other arguments and find them to be unavailing.


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