City of Watervliet, NY
Albany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Watervliet 6-1-1972 as Ord. No. 1137 (§ 14-5 of Ch. 14 of the Code of Ordinances of 1972). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 102-1 Legislative intent; findings.

It is the intent of the City of Watervliet, as an exercise of its police power, to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of the city by enacting this chapter since it is the finding of the City Council that the possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages by persons on certain public lands, except under controlled conditions, is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the city in that such possession contributes to the development of unsanitary conditions and the creation of a nuisance. It is further the intent of the City Council of the City of Watervliet that this chapter not be considered as a traffic regulation insofar as it relates to motor vehicles or the operation thereof.

§ 102-2 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following shall have the meanings ascribed to them. All other words shall have the meaning normally ascribed to them in regular usage.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being.
CITY
The City of Watervliet.
CONTAINER
Any bottle, can, glass or other receptacle suitable for or used to hold any liquid.
PUBLIC LANDS
Any highway, street, sidewalk, park or playground.

§ 102-3 Prohibited act; exception.

A. 
No person shall have in his possession any open container containing an alcoholic beverage with the intent of the possessor or another to consume said beverage on any public land within the city.
B. 
The foregoing prohibition shall not apply in the event of a fair, picnic or other community gathering for which special permission has been granted by the city.

§ 102-4 Applicability.

This chapter shall apply to all persons on public lands in the city, except as provided in § 102-3B above, and shall not apply to any person drinking an alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle upon any public highway within the city in violation of § 1227 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.

§ 102-5 Penalties for offenses. [1]

Each violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.