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In re Brudasca

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

October 30, 2013

In the Matter of Oana Cristina Brudasca, appellant,
v.
Rosa Cottone, respondent. Docket No. O-7663-12

Joseph H. Nivin, Jamaica, N.Y., for appellant.

RANDALL T. ENG, P.J., RUTH C. BALKIN, PLUMMER E. LOTT, SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

In a family offense proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 8, the petitioner appeals from an order of disposition of the Family Court, Queens County (Jolly, J.), dated September 28, 2012, which dismissed her petition on the ground of failure to prosecute.

ORDERED that the order of disposition is reversed, on the law, without costs or disbursements, the petition is reinstated, and the matter is remitted to the Family Court, Queens County, for a hearing and a new determination of the petition thereafter.

The appellant alleged in her petition that the respondent violated a temporary order of protection dated April 10, 2012. The Family Court denied the appellant's application for an adjournment and, upon concluding that the appellant failed to prosecute this proceeding, dismissed the petition. This was error (see Matter of Jasmine S. [ Mirayah S. ], 1 A.D.3d 257, 259). Under the circumstances of this case, where the adjournment requested was reasonable, the court should have afforded the appellant the opportunity to be heard with respect to her allegations (see Matter of Ramos v Caceres, 104 A.D.3d 775, 775). Accordingly, the matter must be remitted to the Family Court, Queens County, for a hearing and a new determination thereafter of the petition.

ENG, P.J., BALKIN, LOTT and ROMAN, JJ., concur.


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