Decided on October 28, 2002

 

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

 

APPELLATE DIVISION : SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARMENT

 

Argued - September 27, 2002


FRED T. SANTUCCI, J.P.
CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN
LEO F. McGINITY
SANDRA L. TOWNES, JJ.

 

DECISION & ORDER


2001-09109

[*1]In the Matter of Joseph S. (Anonymous). Westchester County Department of Social Services, respondent;

and

John S. (Anonymous), appellant. (Docket No. B 102/01)



George E. Reed, Jr., White Plains, N.Y., for appellant.
Charlene M. Indelicato, County Attorney, White Plains, N.Y.
(Stacey Dolgin-Kmetz and Thomas
G. Gardiner of counsel), for
respondent. [*2]
Saundra Neubardt, White Plains, N.Y., Law Guardian for the
child.

In a proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law 384-b to terminate parental rights, the father appeals from an order of the Family Court, Westchester County (Dickerson, J.), entered October 11, 2001, which, after a hearing, terminated his parental rights on the ground of abandonment.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

The Supreme Court properly determined that there was clear and convincing proof of the appellant's abandonment of his child during the six-month period prior to the filing of the petition on January 16, 2001 (see Social Services Law 384-b[5][b]; Matter of I.R., 153 AD2d 559, 560; Matter of Rose Marie M., 94 AD2d 734). The father failed to show good reason for his failure to contact or communicate with his son (see Matter of Charmaine T., 173 AD2d 625, 626).

Contrary to the father's contention, there is no evidence in the record to support the claim that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel as a result of the amount of compensation paid to his assigned counsel.

The father's remaining contentions are without merit.
SANTUCCI, J.P., O'BRIEN, McGINITY and TOWNES, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

James Edward Pelzer

Clerk

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