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SECTION 137
Unauthorized wearing or use of badge, name or insignia of certain orders and societies
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 9-B
§ 137. Unauthorized wearing or use of badge, name or insignia of
certain orders and societies. 1. Any person who wilfully wears, or
attaches to any motor vehicle, the badge, insignia, rosette or the
button of the Grand Army of the Republic, the insignia, badge or rosette
of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States or
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, or the badge or
button of the United Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the United States, the American Legion, the Disabled American
Veterans, the Military Order of the World War, the Army and Navy Union,
U.S.A., or the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, or the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, or the Steuben
Society of America, or the Jewish War Veterans of the United States,
Inc., or the Catholic War Veterans, Inc., or the insignia or emblem of
the Italian American War Veterans of the United States, Incorporated, or
the insignia or emblem of the National Italo-American War Veterans,
Inc., the insignia or emblem of the Polish Legion of American Veterans,
Inc., or the insignia or emblem of the Military Order of the Purple
Heart, Inc., or the insignia or emblem of any lodge, society or
organization subordinate to or recognized as Masonic by the Grand Lodge
of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, or the insignia or
emblem of the Masonic War Veterans of the State of New York, Inc., or
the insignia or emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star of the State of
New York, or the badge, banner, insignia, button or emblem of any lodge,
society or organization subordinate to or recognized as Pythian by the
Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of the State of New York, or the badge,
insignia, button, tab, or chapeaux of La Societe des Forty Hommes et
eight Chevaux or the Marine Corps League, or AMVETS, American Veterans
of World War II, Air Force Association, or the insignia or emblem of the
Knights of Columbus, or the badge, shield, emblem or name of the Police
Conference of New York, Inc., or the badge, shield, emblem or name of
the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, or the shield of the
Westchester County Police Conference or the badge, shield, emblem or
name of the New York State Fire Fighters Association, or the badge,
shield, emblem or name of the Policemen's Benevolent Association of
Westchester County, Inc., or the badge, shield, emblem or name of the
Metropolitan Police Conference of Eastern New York, Inc., or the badge,
shield, emblem or name of the Nassau Police Conference, Inc., or the
badge, shield, emblem or name of the International Veterans Boxers
Association, or the badge, shield, emblem, insignia or name of the Grand
council of Guardians, Inc., or the badge, shield, emblem or name of the
New York Veteran Police Association, or the insignia, emblem, badge,
banner, button of Grand Lodge of the State of New York, Order Sons of
Italy in America, Incorporated, or any subordinate Lodge or Grand Lodge
of the State of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America, Incorporated,
or the insignia, emblem, badge, banner, button of Ladies' Lodges, Grand
Lodge of the State of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America,
Incorporated, or the badge, banner, insignia, button or emblem of any
clan of the United Scottish Clans of New York and New Jersey, or the
insignia, emblem, badge, banner or button of The Ladies Auxiliary,
Italian American War Veterans of the United States, Incorporated, or the
Civil Air Patrol, Inc., or the insignia, emblem, badge, banner or button
of the Order of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive
Association, Incorporated, or the insignia, emblem, badge, banner or
button of the Polish Legion of American Veterans or Ladies Auxiliary of
Polish Legion of American Veterans, or the insignia, emblem, badge,
banner, or button of the Veterans of World War I of the United States of
America Department of New York, Inc., China-Burma-India Veterans
Association, Inc., Polish - American Veterans of World War II,
Amsterdam, N. Y., Inc., Polish-American Veterans of World War II,
Schenectady, N. Y., Inc., World War Veterans Club of Lindenhurst, Inc.,
the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, the Vietnam Veterans of
America, the Army and Navy Union of the United States, the American Gold
Star Mothers, Inc., Regular Veterans Association, Inc., the 369th
Veterans Association, Inc., the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Veterans,
the National Congress of Puerto Rican Veterans, or the Fleet Reserve
Association, or the badge, insignia, rosette or button of any society,
order or organization of ten years standing in the state of New York, or
uses the same, or the name of any such society, order or organization by
falsely representing himself to be a member thereof in good standing, to
obtain, or in attempting to obtain, aid or assistance within the state,
or wilfully uses the names of any such society, order or organization,
or the titles of its officers, or uses its insignia or emblems, or the
forms or designs thereof, or its ritual or ceremonies unless entitled to
use or wear the same under the constitution and by-laws, rules, and
regulations of such order or of such society, order or organization, is
guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed one hundred
dollars.

2. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as superseding any
provision of law prohibiting certain use and display on private vehicles
of state and other seals and insignia and of specified signs, lettering
or devices.