City of Rensselaer, NY
Rensselaer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Rensselaer as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-15-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990]

§ 1-1 Legislative intent.

In accordance with Subdivision 3 of § 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the local laws, ordinances and certain resolutions of the City of Rensselaer shall be known collectively as the "Code of the City of Rensselaer," hereafter termed the "Code." Wherever reference is made in any of the local laws, ordinances and resolutions contained in the "Code of the City of Rensselaer" to any other local law, ordinance or resolution appearing in said Code, such reference shall be changed to the appropriate chapter title, chapter number. Article number or section number where such legislation appears in the Code, as if such local law, ordinance or resolution had been formally amended to so read.

§ 1-2 Continuation of existing provisions.

The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of local laws, ordinances and resolutions in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this local law, are intended as a continuation of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior local law, ordinance or resolution. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Common Council of the City of Rensselaer, and it is the intention of said Council that each such provision contained within the Code is hereby reaffirmed as it appears in said Code. Only such provisions of former local laws and ordinances as are omitted from this Code shall be deemed repealed or abrogated by the provisions of § 1-3 below.

§ 1-3 Repeal of enactments not included in Code.

All local laws and ordinances of a general and permanent nature of the City of Rensselaer in force on the date of the adoption of this local law and not contained in such Code or recognized and continued in force by reference therein are hereby repealed from and after the effective date of this local law.

§ 1-4 Enactments saved from repeal; matters not affected.

The repeal of local laws and ordinances provided for in § 1-3 of this local law shall not affect the following classes of local laws, ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision of the City of Rensselaer prior to the effective date of this local law, or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
B. 
An offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this local law in violation of any legislative provision of the City of Rensselaer, or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
C. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending, or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this local law, brought pursuant to any legislative provision of the City of Rensselaer.
D. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred by the City of Rensselaer.
E. 
Any local law or ordinance of the City of Rensselaer providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place within the City of Rensselaer or any portion thereof.
F. 
Any local law or ordinance of the City of Rensselaer appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond of the City of Rensselaer or other instruments or evidence of the City's indebtedness.
G. 
Local laws or ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property, or any lawful contract or obligation.
H. 
The levy or imposition of special assessments or charges.
I. 
The dedication of property.
J. 
Any legislation relating to salaries or employee benefits.
K. 
Any local law or ordinance amending the Zoning Map.
L. 
Any legislation dealing with fire prevention and/or building construction.
M. 
Any legislation dealing with vehicles and traffic.
N. 
Any legislation dealing with taxes on utility services.
O. 
Any legislation adopted subsequent to October 5, 1988.

§ 1-5 Severability.

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part of this local law or of any local law, ordinance or resolution included in this Code now or through supplementation, shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

§ 1-6 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Rensselaer and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this local law; and, if this local law shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the City Clerk of the City of Rensselaer by impressing thereon the Seal of the City of Rensselaer, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said City Clerk to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while the said Code is in effect. The enactment and publication of this local law, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.

§ 1-7 Amendments to Code.

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the local laws, ordinances and resolutions known collectively as the "Code of the City of Rensselaer," or any new local laws or resolutions, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Common Council to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be enacted or adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code, as amendments and supplements thereto. Nothing contained in this local law shall affect the status of any local law, ordinance or resolution contained herein, and such local laws, ordinances or resolutions may be amended, deleted or changed from time to time as the Common Council deems desirable.

§ 1-8 Code book to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code of the City of Rensselaer required to be filed in the office of the City Clerk for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all local laws and resolutions adopted by the Common Council subsequent to the enactment of this local law in such form as to indicate the intention of said Board to be a part of said Code shall, when finally enacted or adopted, be included therein by temporary attachment of copies of such changes, local laws or resolutions until such changes, local laws or resolutions are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.

§ 1-9 Sale of Code book; supplementation.

Copies of the Code may be purchased from the City Clerk of the City of Rensselaer upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Common Council, which Council may also arrange by resolution for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.

§ 1-10 Penalties for tampering with Code.

Any person who, without authorization from the City Clerk, changes or amends, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code of the City of Rensselaer, or who alters or tampers with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the legislation of the City of Rensselaer to be misrepresented thereby, or who violates any other provision of this local law, shall be guilty of an offense and shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 days, or both.

§ 1-11 Changes in previously adopted legislation.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the local laws, ordinances and resolutions for publication as the Code of the City of Rensselaer, no changes in the meaning or intent of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions have been made, except as provided for in Subsection B hereof. In addition, certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said pieces of legislation. It is the intention of the Common Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the local laws, ordinances and resolutions had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this local law. (Chapter and section number references are to the local laws, ordinances and resolutions as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)[1]
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Editor's Note: Pursuant to § 1-11B, the following Code sections were added or amended: §§ 47-4, 47-5, 69-1, 69-4, 73-12, 77-11, 77-13, 77-14, 77-16, 89-6, 113-9A, 121-5, 121-45B, 121-86A, 127-2, 133-4C, 139-2, 143-25B, 143-43, 143-46, 159-22, 167-6B and 171-3. The following articles were added or amended: Art. I of Ch. 35, Arts. I and II of Ch. 147, Art. II of Ch. 155 and Arts. I and II of Ch. 163. A complete description of each change may be found in L.L. No. 4-1990, copies of which are available for inspection in the office of the City Clerk.

§ 1-12 Incorporation of provisions into Code.

The provisions of this local law are hereby made Article I of Chapter 1 of the Code of the City of Rensselaer, such local law to be entitled "General Provisions, Article I, Adoption of Code," and the sections of this local law shall be numbered §§ 1-1 to 1-13, inclusive.

§ 1-13 When effective.

This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State of the State of New York.