IN RE: Tatiana MAMANTOV

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IN RE: Tatiana MAMANTOV, appellant, v. George MAMANTOV, respondent.

Decided: July 05, 2011

DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO, J.P., THOMAS A. DICKERSON, L. PRISCILLA HALL and SHERI S. ROMAN, JJ. Carl D. Birman, Mamaroneck, N.Y., for appellant. Andrew W. Szczesniak, White Plains, N.Y., for respondent.

In a family offense proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 8, the wife appeals from an order of disposition of the Family Court, Westchester County (Klein, J.), dated September 30, 2010, which, upon granting the husband's motion, made at the close of her case, to dismiss the petition based upon her failure to establish a prima facie case, dismissed the petition.

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

“ ‘A family offense must be established by a fair preponderance of the evidence’ “ (Matter of Lamparillo v. Lamparillo, 84 AD3d 1381, 1381, quoting Matter of Thomas v. Thomas, 72 AD3d 834, 835; see Family Ct Act § 832). “In determining a motion to dismiss for failure to establish a prima facie case, ‘the evidence must be accepted as true and given the benefit of every reasonable inference which may be drawn therefrom ․ The question of credibility is irrelevant, and should not be considered’ “ (Matter of Prezioso v. Prezioso, 79 AD3d 1043, 1043, quoting Matter of Ramroop v. Ramsagar, 74 AD3d 1208, 1209).

Here, in deciding the husband's motion to dismiss the petition for failure to establish a prima facie case, the Family Court employed an incorrect standard, finding that the wife failed to prove the allegations in the petition by clear and convincing evidence. Additionally, the Family Court erred in making credibility determinations. In spite of these errors, however, the Family Court properly granted the husband's motion. The wife alleged in her petition that the husband committed the family offense of aggravated harassment in the second degree (see Penal Law § 240.26). However, accepting the evidence as true and giving her the benefit of every reasonable inference (see Matter of Prezioso v. Prezioso, 79 AD3d at 1043; Matter of Ramroop v. Ramsagar, 74 AD3d at 1209), the wife failed to demonstrate, prima facie, that the husband, in committing the act alleged, acted with an “intent to harass, annoy or alarm” (Penal Law § 240.26; see Matter of Cavanaugh v. Madden, 298 A.D.2d 390, 391–392; cf. Matter of Hasbrouck v. Hasbrouck, 59 AD3d 621, 622).

The wife's contention that the Family Court improperly scheduled a fact-finding hearing on only 10 days notice is unpreserved for appellate review, since she failed to timely object to the hearing date or request an adjournment (see CPLR 4017, 5501[a][3] ). In any event, the Family Court did not improvidently exercise its discretion in setting the hearing date.

The wife's remaining contentions are without merit.

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