New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
September 27, 2012
IN RE HELEN BOOKHARD,
GLADYS CARRION, AS THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, ET AL.,
Matter of Matter of Bookhard v Carrion
Decided on September 27, 2012
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.
Tom, J.P., Mazzarelli, Saxe, Catterson, DeGrasse, JJ.
Determination on behalf of respondent Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, dated March 24, 2011, which after a fair hearing pursuant to Social Services Law § 422(8)(b), denied petitioner's request to amend and seal an indicated report of child maltreatment maintained at the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and concluded that the report was relevant and reasonably related to the provision of foster care, unanimously confirmed, the petition denied and the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR Article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of the Supreme Court, New York County [Cynthia S. Kern, J.], entered on or about July 15, 2011) dismissed, without costs.
Petitioner's request to have the indicated report against her amended to state that it was unfounded was properly denied. Respondent's determination was supported by substantial evidence (see Matter of Nelk v Department of Motor Vehicles, 79 AD3d 433 [1st Dept 2011]) based on reports from both of petitioner's foster children that she shook them hard as a means of disciplining them when they misbehaved. The record amply supports the determination to credit the children's accounts over that of petitioner.
Substantial evidence also supported the finding that, consistent with the aim of protecting children from abuse or maltreatment, the maltreatment report was relevant and reasonably related to petitioner's provision of foster care.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
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