Village of Irvington, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Irvington 6-21-1971; approved by referendum 11-2-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 91-1 Authorization.

Any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as provided in the Bingo Licensing Law, Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, may conduct the game of bingo within the Village of Irvington, subject, however, to the provisions of this chapter, of said Bingo Licensing Law and of the New York State Lottery Control Law, §§ 430 through 439 of the Executive Law of the State of New York.

§ 91-2 Restrictions.

The conduct of bingo games authorized by this chapter shall be subject to the following restrictions:
A. 
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization other than a licensee under the provisions of the Bingo Licensing Law of the State of New York shall conduct such game or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting bingo, a hall or other premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect.
B. 
No bingo game shall be held, operated or conducted on or within any leased premises if rental under such lease is to be paid, wholly or partly, on the basis of a percentage of the receipts of net profits derived from the operation of such game.
C. 
No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law shall purchase or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adopted for use in the conduct of bingo games from other than a supplier licensed under the Bingo Control Law or from another authorized organization.
D. 
The entire net proceeds of any game of bingo and of any rental shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.
E. 
No prize shall exceed the sum or value of $250 in any single game of bingo.
F. 
No series of prizes on any one bingo occasion shall aggregate more than $1,000.
G. 
No persons except a bona fide member of any such organization shall participate in the management or operation of such game.
H. 
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any game of bingo.
I. 
The unauthorized conduct of a bingo game and any willful violation of any provision of this chapter or of the Bingo Licensing Law of the State of New York shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
J. 
Limited-period bingo shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the Commission.
K. 
Any and all other restrictions, requirements and limitations imposed by the Bingo Licensing Law of the State of New York or any other applicable laws, ordinances or regulations with respect to the licensing, conduct and supervision of bingo games, the fees and statements due in connection therewith and the provisions of this chapter shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 91-3 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
Any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal, civic or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans or volunteer firemen, which by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution or act of the legislature shall have among its dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this chapter, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this chapter for a period of one year immediately prior to applying for a license under this chapter.
BINGO CONTROL LAW
Article 19-B of the Executive Law.
BINGO or GAME
A specific game of chance, commonly known as bingo or lotto, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.
CONTROL COMMISSION or COMMISSION
The State Bingo Control Commission.
LAWFUL PURPOSES
One or more of the following causes, deeds or activities:
A. 
Those which shall benefit needy or deserving persons indefinite in number by enhancing their opportunity for religious or educational advancement, by relieving them from disease, suffering or distress, or by contributing to their physical well-being, by assisting them in establishing themselves in life as worthy and useful citizens or by increasing their comprehension of and devotion to the principles upon which this nation was founded and enhancing their loyalty to their governments.
B. 
Those which shall initiate, perform or foster worthy public works or shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of public structures.
C. 
Those which shall otherwise lessen the burdens borne by government or which are voluntarily undertaken by an authorized organization to augment or supplement services which government would normally render to the people.
LIMITED-PERIOD BINGO
The conduct of bingo by a licensed authorized organization, for a period of not more than seven of eight consecutive days in any one year, at a festival, bazaar, carnival or similar function conducted by such licensed authorized organization. No authorized organization licensed to conduct limited-period bingo shall be otherwise eligible to conduct bingo pursuant to this chapter in the same year.

§ 91-4 Effective date.

This chapter shall not become effective or operative unless it shall have been approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting on a proposition therefor submitted at the general election to be held on November 2, 1971.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said chapter was approved by referendum 11-2-1971.