IN RE: BRAYDEN R.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

IN RE: BRAYDEN R. ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PETITIONER–RESPONDENT; DUANE R., RESPONDENT–APPELLANT.

CAF 13–02133

Decided: February 05, 2016

PRESENT:  WHALEN, P.J., SMITH, CENTRA, CARNI, AND SCUDDER, JJ. EVELYNE A. O'SULLIVAN, EAST AMHERST, FOR RESPONDENT–APPELLANT. JOSEPH T. JARZEMBEK, BUFFALO, FOR PETITIONER–RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

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

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

Memorandum:  We affirm for reasons stated in the decision at Family Court.  We add only that the testimony at the hearing established that nothing concerning respondent father's mental health had changed since we previously affirmed an order terminating his parental rights with respect to another child on the ground of mental illness (Matter of Zachary R. [Duane R.], 118 AD3d 1479, 1480).  Inasmuch as the father agreed that the court could take judicial notice of those past proceedings, we again conclude “that petitioner met its burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that the father is ‘presently and for the foreseeable future unable, by reason of mental illness ․, to provide proper and adequate care for [the] child’ “ (id., quoting Social Services Law § 384–b [4][c] ).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court