ALBANY – A New York judge has the power to dissolve a civil union that a woman entered into in Vermont, even though the Legislature has not expressly authorized the termination of such unions involving New York residents, a state appeals panel decided yesterday.

A panel of the Appellate Division, Third Department, held that the Supreme Court could use its equitable powers to end the union of Audrey Juanita Dickerson and Sonya Denise Thompson.