Suffolk County, NY
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Marinas — See Ch. 1012.
325a Uncod LL Pro
[Adopted 6-26-1984 by L.L. No. 15-1984 (Ch. 222, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]

§ 325-1 Legislative intent.

This Legislature hereby finds that the theft of boats and marine motors has increased dramatically in the past several years. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to discourage such criminal activity by prohibiting concealment activities which enhance the marketability of such items.

§ 325-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MARINE HULL
Any boat, regardless of its means of propulsion.
MARINE MOTOR
The source of power, other than propulsion by wind-propelled sail or human-propelled oar or paddle, which mechanically propels a boat.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, unincorporated association, partnership, joint venture or joint-stock association.

§ 325-3 Removal or defacing of serial numbers prohibited.

No person shall:
A. 
Willfully remove, deface, cover, alter or destroy the manufacturer's serial number or other distinguishing number or identification mark on any marine motor or marine hull.
B. 
Knowingly buy, sell, receive, dispose of, conceal or knowingly have in his possession any marine motor or marine hull from which the manufacturer's serial number or any other distinguishing mark or identification mark has been removed, defaced, covered, altered or destroyed for the purpose of concealment or misrepresenting the identity of said marine motor or marine hull.

§ 325-4 Penalties for offenses.

Any violation of this article shall be punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.
[Adopted 9-13-2012 by L.L. No. 58-2012]

§ 325-5 Legislative intent.

This Legislature hereby finds and determines that hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders enjoy boating on Long Island's lakes, rivers, bays and ocean each year. This Legislature further finds that while boating is a relaxing and pleasurable recreational activity, recent events remind us that boating can also be dangerous. This Legislature finds that while New York State requires young people to receive boating safety instruction, no such requirement exists for persons 18 years of age or older. This Legislature further determines that all Suffolk County boaters should receive boating safety education. Therefore, the purpose of this law is to require all Suffolk County boaters to receive boating safety instruction.

§ 325-6 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PLEASURE VESSEL
As defined in § 2 of the New York Navigation Law.
WATERS OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
All of the lakes, rivers, streams and bodies of water located within the boundaries of the County of Suffolk or that part of any body of water which is adjacent to the County of Suffolk and which is within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York.

§ 325-7 Boating safety certificate required.

A. 
No resident of Suffolk County shall operate a pleasure vessel upon the waters of Suffolk County unless the operator is the holder of a boating safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; by the United States Power Squadrons; by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary; by a bay constable or harbor master of any municipality within Suffolk County; or by any other entity that offers a boating course that meets the standards set by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.
[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 21-2013]
B. 
All residents of Suffolk County operating a pleasure vessel upon the waters of Suffolk County shall maintain their boating safety certificate on board their vessel during all periods of operation.

§ 325-8 Exemptions; effect on other laws.

A. 
The provisions of this article shall not apply to persons certified by the Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as boating safety instructors; instructors of the United States Power Squadrons; members and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Navy; police officers acting pursuant to assigned duties; peace officers acting pursuant to assigned duties; lifeguards acting pursuant to assigned duties; fire and rescue personnel acting pursuant to assigned duties; persons licensed to operate vessels by the United States Coast Guard, the Merchant Marine or the Canadian Coast Guard; and persons who hold boating safety certificates issued by other states or municipalities.
[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 22-2013]
B. 
No provision of this article shall be construed so as to permit any activity that is prohibited by any other federal, state or local law.

§ 325-9 Penalties for offenses.

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, for a first offense, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250; for a second offense, shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $500; for all subsequent offenses, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $1,000 or a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both.

§ 325-10 Applicability.

This article shall apply to actions occurring on or after the effective date of this law.

§ 325-11 When effective.

This article shall take effect one year after its filing in the Office of the Secretary of State.