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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

IN RE: BENJAMIN NN., a Juvenile Delinquent. Sullivan County Probation Department, Respondent; Benjamin NN., Appellant.

Decided: June 28, 2007

Before:  CREW III, J.P., PETERS, CARPINELLO, MUGGLIN and KANE, JJ. Dana Rudikoff, Kingston, for appellant. Sam Yagsur, County Attorney, Monticello (Glen Rosenstein of counsel), for respondent.

Appeal from an order of the Family Court of Sullivan County (Meddaugh, J.), entered September 5, 2006, which granted petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to Family Ct. Act article 3, to find respondent in violation of a prior order of disposition.

After having perpetrated an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute the crime of petit larceny, respondent was adjudicated a juvenile delinquent and placed on probation for a period of 12 months.   Petitioner thereafter commenced this proceeding alleging that respondent breached the terms of his probation.   Upon respondent's admission that he violated his probation by using marihuana, consuming alcohol and getting disciplined at school, Family Court found that he was in violation of its prior order of disposition imposing probation and scheduled a dispositional hearing.   Following that hearing, Family Court, among other things, remanded respondent to the custody of the Sullivan County Commissioner of Social Services to be held in nonsecure detention pending residential placement.   Respondent now appeals, arguing that placement in therapeutic foster care was the more appropriate, least restrictive alternative for him.

In making its decision, Family Court considered respondent's failure to abide by the conditions of his probation, difficulties in living at home with his parents, noncompliance with various programs, lack of success with preventive services and unauthorized absences from school.   Under the facts and circumstances of this case, we conclude that Family Court properly concluded that residential placement was the least restrictive available alternative (see Matter of Amanda RR., 230 A.D.2d 451, 659 N.Y.S.2d 912 [1997] ).   Accordingly, the order is affirmed.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs.



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