Town of Elma, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Elma 4-10-1958 by Ord. No. 5.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Games of chance — See Ch. 86.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was approved by the voters at a special election held 5-3-1958.

§ 48-1 Authorization for conduct of bingo.

[Amended 9-4-1963]
It shall be lawful for an authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as provided in Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, to conduct the game of bingo within the territorial limits of the Town of Elma, as now or as they may be hereafter established, subject to the restrictions and provisions of:
A. 
This chapter;
B. 
Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law; and
C. 
The State Lottery Control Law.

§ 48-2 Restrictions on conduct of bingo.

[Amended 9-4-1963]
The following restrictions are placed upon the conduct of bingo games as hereby authorized:
A. 
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization other than a licensee under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law 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 games 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 or 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 adapted 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 person 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 shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.

§ 48-3 Investigation of applicants.

The Town Clerk of the Town of Elma shall cause to be investigated the qualifications of each applicant for a license and the merits of each application with due expedition after the filing of the application. The Town Clerk shall deliver to the Town Board the application, together with supporting documents therefor, and the report of the investigation and his determination as to whether or not the requisite conditions have been met by the applicant.

§ 48-4 Issuance of license; fee.

If the Town Clerk shall determine that the requisite conditions have been met by the applicant and shall so advise the Town Board, the Town Board may direct the Town Clerk to issue a license to the applicant for the holding, operation and conduct of the specific kinds of games of chance applied for upon payment of a license fee or fees of $10 for each occasion upon which any games of chance are to be conducted under the license, which fees are to be paid into the general funds of the Town of Elma.

§ 48-5 Transmittal of certain fees to state.

[Amended 6-3-1981]
On or before the 30th day of each month, the Supervisor of the Town of Elma shall transmit to the State Comptroller a sum equal to 50% of all commercial lessor license fees and the sum of $7.50 per occasion of all license fees for the conduct of bingo collected by the Town pursuant to this chapter during the preceding calendar month.