City of New Rochelle, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of New Rochelle as Sec. 7-47 of the 1965 General Ordinances. Section 192-2 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II. Other amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 192-1 Legislative intent; prohibitions.

[Amended 9-21-1982 by Ord. No. 194-1982; 12-19-1995 by L.L. No. 9-1995]
This amendment is designed to meet the public demand for safe and unobstructed streets, sidewalks and other public places and to prevent large numbers of people from gathering in places open to the public for the purpose of conducting illegal activity. This amendment is also designed to prevent people from gathering in restricted public places that are not open to the general public. The City Council finds that in order to protect public safety and preserve the character of the City's neighborhoods and quality of life for its residents, it is necessary to adopt the following loitering ordinance. While it is understood that public places are free to be used by the public, it is also understood that individuals and groups shall not stand or congregate in such areas in order to conduct illegal activity. It is also understood that restricted public places are not open to the public at large and should be restricted to persons utilizing the public facilities. The City Council specifically finds that the New Rochelle train station, the New Rochelle Public Library and the New Rochelle municipal garages are facilities that should be so restricted in order to assure the safety and comfort of persons utilizing these public facilities. The City Council hereby resolves that it shall be a violation of the Code of the City of New Rochelle to loiter in a public place for the purpose of conducting illegal activity. The Council further resolves that it shall be a violation of the Code of the City of New Rochelle to loiter within the New Rochelle train station, the New Rochelle Public Library and the New Rochelle municipal garages.
A. 
No person shall loaf or loiter on any street or other public place for the purpose of using illegal drugs, as defined under the Mental Hygiene Law, drinking in public or any other offense punishable under the penal law or the Code of the City of New Rochelle.
B. 
No person shall loaf or loiter within the New Rochelle train station except patrons of the train station, taxicab company, coffee shop or dry-cleaning establishment. Due notice of this restriction shall be posted by the Police Department.
C. 
No person shall loaf or loiter within the New Rochelle Public Library. Due notice of this restriction shall be posted by the Police Department.
D. 
No person shall loaf or loiter within any New Rochelle municipal parking garage. Due notice of this restriction shall be posted by the Police Department.

§ 192-2 Penalties for offenses. [1]

An offense against the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
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Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II.