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SECTION 240.00
Offenses against public order; definitions of terms
§ 240.00 Offenses against public order; definitions of terms.

The following definitions are applicable to this article:

1. "Public place" means a place to which the public or a substantial
group of persons has access, and includes, but is not limited to,
highways, transportation facilities, schools, places of amusement,
parks, playgrounds, community centers, and hallways, lobbies and other
portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or
apartments designed for actual residence.

2. "Transportation facility" means any conveyance, premises or place
used for or in connection with public passenger transportation, whether
by air, railroad, motor vehicle or any other method. It includes
aircraft, watercraft, railroad cars, buses, school buses as defined in
section one hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law, and air,
boat, railroad and bus terminals and stations and all appurtenances

3. "School grounds" means in or on or within any building, structure,
school bus as defined in section one hundred forty-two of the vehicle
and traffic law, athletic playing field, playground or land contained
within the real property boundary line of a public or private
elementary, parochial, intermediate, junior high, vocational or high

4. "Hazardous substance" shall mean any physical, chemical,
microbiological or radiological substance or matter which, because of
its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical or infectious
characteristics, may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in
mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating
reversible illness, or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to
human health.

5. "Age" means sixty years old or more.

6. "Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that
substantially limits a major life activity.

7. "Gender identity or expression" means a person's actual or
perceived gender-related identity, appearance, behavior, expression, or
other gender-related characteristic regardless of the sex assigned to
that person at birth, including, but not limited to, the status of being