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In re Destiny V.

Supreme Court of New York, Fourth Department

June 7, 2013

IN THE MATTER OF DESTINY V.
v.
MARK., RESPONDENT-APPELLANT. ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT; and

Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Erie County (Margaret O. Szczur, J.), entered May 21, 2012 in a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b. The order, among other things, terminated respondent's parental rights with respect to the subject child.

BERNADETTE M. HOPPE, BUFFALO, FOR RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

JOSEPH T. JARZEMBEK, BUFFALO, FOR PETITIONER-RESPONDENT.

DAVID C. SCHOPP, ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD, THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (CHARLES D. HALVORSEN OF COUNSEL).

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, SCONIERS, AND WHALEN, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Respondent father appeals from an order terminating his parental rights with respect to the subject child in this proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b. We reject the father's contention that Family Court erred in denying his request for new assigned counsel. The right of an indigent party to assigned counsel under the Family Court Act is not absolute (see Matter of Petkovsek v Snyder, 251 A.D.2d 1088, 1089). " In order to have substitute counsel appointed, a party must establish that good cause for release existed necessitating dismissal of assigned counsel' " (id.), and here the father failed to establish good cause.


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