Dowling v. Colvin
DECISION AND ORDER accepting and adopting # 19 Judge Hines' Report and Recommendation in its entirety; granting # 16 Commissioner's motion for judgment on the pleadings; denying # 15 Plaintiff's motion for judgment on the pleadings. Commissioner's decision is AFFIRMED, and Plaintiff's complaint is dismissed. Signed by Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby on 9/15/15. (lmw)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
COMM’R OF SOC. SEC.,
OLINSKY LAW GROUP
Counsel for Plaintiff
300 S. State St., Ste. 420
Syracuse, NY 13202
HOWARD D. OLINSKY, ESQ.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF REG’L GEN. COUNSEL-REGION II
Counsel for Defendant
26 Federal Plaza - Room 3904
New York, New York 10278
ANDREA LECHLEITNER, ESQ.
GLENN T. SUDDABY, United States District Judge
DECISION and ORDER
Currently before the Court, in this action filed by Coramae Dowling (“Plaintiff”)
against the Commissioner of Social Security (“Defendant” or “Commissioner”) pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(g) and 1383(c)(3) seeking disability benefits, is the Report and
Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines, issued pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A) and (B) and Local Rule 72.3(c) of the Local Rules of Practice
for this Court, recommending that the Commissioner’s decision be affirmed and
Plaintiff’s request to remand the ALJ’s unfavorable decision be denied. (Dkt. No. 19.) No
objections were filed in this case.
A district court reviewing a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation “may
accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by
the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). Parties may raise objections to the
magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation, but they must be “specific written”
objections, and must be submitted “[w]ithin 14 days after being served with a copy of
the recommendations disposition.” Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b)(2); see also 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1)(C). “Where, however, an objecting party makes only conclusory or general
objections, or simply reiterates his original arguments, the Court reviews the Report and
Recommendation only for clear error.” Caldwell v. Crosset, 2010 WL 2346330 at * 1
(N.D.N.Y. 2010) (internal quotations omitted) (citing Farid v. Bouey, 554 F.Supp.2d 301,
307 [N.D.N.Y. 2008]).
After carefully reviewing the relevant filings in this action the Court can find no
clear error in the Report and Recommendation: Magistrate Judge Hines employed the
proper standards, accurately recited the facts, and reasonably applied the law to those
facts. (Dkt. No. 19.)
ACCORDINGLY, it is
ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Hines’ Report and Recommendation (Dkt. No.
19) is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED in its entirety; and it is further
ORDERED the Commissioner’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (Dkt. No.
16) is GRANTED; and it is further
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (Dkt. No. 15) is
DENIED; and it is further
ORDERED that the Commissioner’s decision is AFFIRMED; and it is further
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Complaint (Dkt. No. 1) is DISMISSED.
September 15, 2015
Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby
Chief, U.S. District Judge
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