IN RE: JOSHUA R. GALLETTA

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.

IN RE: JOSHUA R. GALLETTA, PETITIONER, v. HON. JOHN H. CRANDALL, COUNTY AND SURROGATE COURT JUDGE, RESPONDENT.

OP 12–02353

Decided: June 28, 2013

PRESENT:  SCUDDER, P.J., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, AND SCONIERS, JJ. TODD D. BENNETT, HERKIMER, FOR PETITIONER. ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ALBANY (FRANK BRADY OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78 (initiated in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department pursuant to CPLR 506 [b][1] ) to annul the determination of respondent.   The determination denied petitioner's pistol permit application.

It is hereby ORDERED that the determination is unanimously confirmed without costs and the petition is dismissed.

instrument' “ (Matter of Dorsey v. Teresi, 26 AD3d 635, 636;  see Matter of Peterson v. Kavanagh, 21 AD3d 617, 617–618).  “Respondent is vested with broad discretion in making the determination to grant or deny a pistol permit to an individual and may do so for any good cause” (Dorsey, 26 AD3d at 636 [internal quotation marks omitted];  see Matter of Papineau v. Martusewicz, 35 AD3d 1214, 1214;  Matter of DiMonda v. Bristol, 219 A.D.2d 830, 830).

Here, there are several factors that militate in favor of granting petitioner's application, including the facts that he is gainfully employed and served his country honorably in the Armed Forces.   Nevertheless, considering petitioner's past unlawful behavior, it cannot be said that County Court abused its discretion in denying the application.   We note that petitioner, in his written statements submitted to the court in support of his application, did not accept responsibility for his prior actions and, indeed, seemed to suggest that he had done nothing wrong, despite the fact that he had pleaded guilty to multiple offenses.

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court