PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Legislator Simon Conroy was arrested by Plattsburgh City Police following a dispute downtown Friday morning.

Police took steps to send him to the hospital for an evaluation.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Conroy (D-Area 4, Town of Plattsburgh) posted a live video on Facebook of him arguing with City Police officers outside the Green Room on upper Bridge Street.

He was argumentative and told officers he was under stress from negotiating to buy the Green Room property and renovate it to help improve the quality of life downtown.

Officers warned Conroy several times that he was in jeopardy of being arrested for disorderly conduct before the video ended.

Police later took Conroy into custody on the front steps of City Hall.

He was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation, Police Chief Levi Ritter said.

Ritter said Conroy was transported to University of Vermont Healthcare Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh following his arraignment.

The chief added that Conroy was also involved in a disturbance downtown on Thursday where police were called, but he was not arrested.

Conroy's father, John Conroy, and partner, Danielle Giordano, were with Conroy when police escorted him away.

The two said they were hopeful he could be successfully treated.

Clinton County Legislature Chairman Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) said he was disappointed to hear of Conroy's arrest.

"We feel for him and his family, and we hope he can get all the help he needs," McManus said.

The video of Conroy arguing with police was no longer on his Facebook timeline as of Friday afternoon.

Ritter said Conroy was not given any preferential treatment because of his political status.

"The officers on scene made every effort to resolve this situation without an arrest," Ritter said.

"Sometimes these things result in an arrest."

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Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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