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In re Brianna M.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


March 16, 2010

IN THE MATTER OF BRIANNA M. (ANONYMOUS).
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES, PETITIONER- RESPONDENT;
v.
KENNY J. (ANONYMOUS), APPELLANT, ET AL., RESPONDENT. (PROCEEDING NO. 1)
IN THE MATTER OF VICTORIA Y. (ANONYMOUS).
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT;
v.
KENNY J. (ANONYMOUS), APPELLANT, ET AL., RESPONDENT. (PROCEEDING NO. 2)

In two related child protective proceedings pursuant to Family Court Act article 10, Kenny J. appeals from an order of the Family Court, Queens County (Richroath, J.), dated November 7, 2008, which denied his motion to vacate a fact-finding order of the same court dated October 3, 2006, which, upon his default in appearing at a fact-finding hearing, found that he had neglected the subject children.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, HOWARD MILLER and RANDALL T. ENG, JJ.

(Docket Nos. N-6328/06, N-6329/06)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order dated November 7, 2008, is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

The Family Court providently exercised its discretion in denying the motion of the appellant, a "person legally responsible for the child's care" (Family Ct Act § 1042), to vacate the fact-finding order entered upon his default in appearing at the fact-finding hearing, as the record showed that he "willfully refused to appear at the hearing" (id.; see Matter of Nicholas S., 46 AD3d 830, 831; Matter of Coates v Lee, 32 AD3d 539, 539; Matter of Vanessa F., 9 AD3d 464; Matter of Ricky V., 4 AD3d 368, 368-369; Matter of Clifford J., 238 AD2d 244, 244). Moreover, the appellant failed to set forth a meritorious defense to the allegations in the petition (see Family Ct Act § 1042; Matter of Arthur S., 68 AD3d 1123; Matter of Carlena B., 61 AD3d 752, 752).

The appellant's remaining contentions are either unpreserved for appellate review or without merit.

RIVERA, J.P., FLORIO, MILLER and ENG, JJ., concur.

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