The most striking reported letter: "In 2000, Senator Paterson intervened to help a constituent arrested for Disorderly Conduct get a permit to carry a firearm."

In 2000, Senator Paterson intervened to help a constituent arrested for Disorderly Conduct get a permit to carry a firearm. On December 27th, 2000, Senator Paterson sent a letter to Captain Petrofsky, Commanding Officer in the License Division Administrative Appeal Unit for the NYPD, asking the Officer to reverse a decision in the interest of the constituent. According to the letter, the constituent had been denied “due to ‘circumstances of an arrest [which] cast grave doubt upon applicant’s character and fitness to possess a pistol license."

§ 240.20 Disorderly conduct.

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof:

1. He engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or

2. He makes unreasonable noise; or

3. In a public place, he uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture; or

4. Without lawful authority, he disturbs any lawful assembly or meeting of persons; or

5. He obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or

6. He congregates with other persons in a public place and refuses to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse; or

7. He creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.

Disorderly conduct is a violation.

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