Darby v. Astrue
MEMORANDUM-DECISION AND ORDER accepting and adopting the 16 Report and Recommendations; affirming the decision of the Commissioner and dismissing the 1 complaint. Signed by Judge Norman A. Mordue on 3/27/2013. (amt)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
CHERYL A. DARBY,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
Olinsky Law Group
One Park Place, 300 South State Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Michael J. Telfer, Esq.
Stephen P. Conte
Regional Chief Counsel
Social Security Administration
Office of Regional General Counsel
26 Federal Plaza - Room 3904
New York, New York 10278
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Hon. Norman A. Mordue, U.S. District Judge:
MEMORANDUM-DECISION AND ORDER
Upon referral pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Rule 72.3(d), United States
Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter issued an excellent and thorough Report Recommendation
(Dkt. No. 16) recommending that this Court affirm the decision of the Commissioner and dismiss
the complaint (Dkt. No. 1) in its entirety. Plaintiff objects (Dkt. No. 17). Under 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1)(C), this Court is required to review de novo those parts of a report and recommendation
to which a party specifically objects. “If no objections are filed, or where objections are ‘merely
perfunctory responses,’ argued in an attempt to ‘engage the district court in a rehashing of the
same arguments set forth in the original petition,’ reviewing courts should review a report and
recommendation for clear error.” Edwards v. Fischer, 414 F.Supp.2d 342, 346-67 (S.D.N.Y.
2006) (quoting Vega v. Artuz, No. 97Civ.3775LTSJCF, 2002 WL 31174466, at *1 (S.D.N.Y.
Sept. 30, 2002)).
Plaintiff’s objections are comprised of quotations from and references to her original
memorandum of law (Dkt. No. 12) followed by conclusions that the Magistrate Judge’s
recommendation should be rejected.1 Since plaintiff has not advanced any specific objection to
the Report Recommendation, the Court reviews for clear error. Id. Having reviewed the Report
Recommendation and the Administrative Transcript, (Dkt. No. 8), the Court finds no clear error.
Indeed, even upon de novo review, the Court accepts and adopts the Report Recommendation in
It is therefore
ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation (Dkt. No. 16) is accepted and
adopted; and it is further
For example, plaintiff asserts that the Court should reject the Magistrate Judge’s
recommended finding that the weight the Administrative Law Judge gave to plaintiff’s therapist
was supported by substantial evidence because:
As noted in Plaintiff’s brief, (Dkt. No. 12) therapist Levy’s opinion was unsupported
by objective medical evidence. “In January 2007, Dr. Ursino found [Plaintiff’s]
‘[l]ong-term recall was often vague[,]’ her [i]nsight and judgment were moderately
impaired[,] and ‘she [was] functioning in the borderline range of intellectual
abilities.’” See Dkt. No. 12 at 20 (quoting T[ranscript] 253).
Dkt. No. 17, p.1-2.
ORDERED that the decision of the Commissioner is Affirmed; and it is further
ORDERED that the complaint (Dkt. No. 1) is Dismissed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: March 27, 2013
Syracuse, New York
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