Matter of Steven B.
2006 NY Slip Op 03642 [6 NY3d 888]
May 11, 2006
Court of Appeals
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, July 19, 2006

In the Matter of Steven B., Respondent. Administration for Children's Services of the City of New York, Respondent; Makeba S., Appellant.

Decided May 11, 2006

Matter of Steven B., 24 AD3d 384, affirmed.


Howard M. Simms, New York City, for appellant.

Legal Aid Society, New York City (Judith Stern of counsel), law guardian.

Louise Belulovich, New York City, for Steven B., respondent.

Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York City (Deborah A. Brenner of counsel), for Administration for Children's Services, respondent.



The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed with costs.

The grant or denial of a motion for "an adjournment for any purpose is a matter resting within the sound discretion of the trial court" (Matter of Anthony M., 63 NY2d 270, 283 [1984] [citations omitted]). Contrary to appellant mother's claims, Family Court's refusal to [*2]grant her application for an adjournment fails to constitute an abuse of discretion. Mother's need for an adjournment to call additional witnesses resulted from her lack of due diligence in preparing for the hearing. Moreover, the witnesses she wished to call were not identified or would testify cumulatively. Under these circumstances, Family Court acted within its discretion in refusing to adjourn the hearing. Mother's remaining contentions lack merit.

Chief Judge Kaye and Judges G.B. Smith, Ciparick, Rosenblatt, Graffeo, Read and R.S. Smith concur.

On review of submissions pursuant to section 500.11 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.11), order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.