DEM'S EX DEFEATS 'ABUSE' BY DIVORCE JUDGE
By JANON FISHER
August 12, 2007 -- She lost her son, her home and her job - but a Manhattan woman has fought and finally won an appeal to overturn the uncontested divorce that gave her politically connected husband everything.
After a three-year battle, Susan Gass, 50, won a ruling last month in which the appeals court blasted deputy chief matrimonial judge Jacqueline Silbermann for giving the husband everything without the wife even knowing she was being sued for divorce.
Gass, who was repeatedly told she couldn't fight the 2004 divorce, claims politics drove the judges' rulings. Her husband, Thomas Gass, is the former president of the Village Reform Democratic Club in Manhattan.
In its decision, the appeals court said Silbermann "abused her discretion" when she ignored Gass' repeated attempts to fight the divorce, which awarded child custody and the house to her husband.
"There was a complete lack of due diligence on the part of all the judges," Gass told The Post.
Susan Gass said her husband filed for an "uncontested divorce" without ever serving her; he has claimed he did.
Thomas Gass would not comment on the ruling.
Susan Gass refused to give up, even after Silbermann granted the terms of the divorce in 2005.
"I couldn't go to my grave letting them do this to me and get away with it," she said.
Now, she plans to head back to court and divorce her husband again.