Amusements — See Ch. 35.
§ 70-3Applications for licenses.
§ 70-4Investigation of applicants.
§ 70-5Issuance of licenses; fees; terms.
§ 70-6Hearing; amendment of license.
§ 70-7Form and display of licenses.
§ 70-8Supervision of games; suspension of license;
§ 70-9Service of alcoholic beverages.
§ 70-10Restriction on Sunday and holiday games.
§ 70-11Frequency of games; hours; exception.
§ 70-12Participation by minors.
§ 70-13Persons operating games; equipment; expenses.
§ 70-14Admission fee; prizes.
§ 70-16Statement of receipts and expenses; additional
§ 70-17Examination of books and records; disclosure.
§ 70-19Application deemed to warrant familiarity
with regulatory provisions.
§ 70-20Mandatory referendum.
As used herein, terms shall have the same definitions as are assigned to them by § 186 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, as the same may be amended from time to time.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, as hereafter provided, it shall be lawful for any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided, to conduct games of chance within the territorial limits of the Village of Woodridge, subject to the provisions of this chapter, Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York and rules and regulations promulgated by the Board, as the same may be amended from time to time.
Each applicant for a license to conduct games of chance shall, after obtaining an identification number from the Board, file with the Village Clerk a written application therefor in a form to be prescribed by the Board, duly executed and verified, containing such information as may be required by law and by the rules and regulations of the Board. In each such application there shall be designated not less than four (4) active members of the applicant organization under whom the games or games of chance will be conducted, and to the application shall be appended a statement executed by the members so designated that they will be responsible for the conduct of such games in accordance with the terms of the license and the rules and regulations of the Board and of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York.
Each applicant for a license to lease premises to a licensed organization for the purposes of conducting games of chance therein shall file with the Village Clerk a written application therefor in a form to be prescribed by the Board, duly executed and verified, which shall contain such information as shall be required by law and by the rules and regulations of the Board.
The Village Clerk shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of each application, with due expedition after the filing of the application. For purposes of assisting in the conduct of such investigation, the Village Clerk may call upon the resources of the Chief of Police and other duly appointed and acting village officials and other law enforcement agencies.
If the Village Clerk shall determine that the applicant for a license to conduct games of chance is duly qualified therefor and meets the requirements of § 191, Subdivision 1(a), of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York and the rules and regulations of the Board and of this chapter, as the same may be amended from time to time, he shall issue a license to the applicant for the conduct of games of chance upon payment of a license fee as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees from time to time. The current fee schedule is available at the Village Clerk's office. No such license shall be effective for a period of more than one (1) year.
If the Village Clerk shall determine that the applicant seeking to lease a hall or premises for the conduct of games of chance to an authorized organization is duly qualified to be licensed under the provisions of § 191, Subdivision 1(b), of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York and the rules and regulations of the Board and the provisions of this chapter, as the same may be amended from time to time, he shall issue a license permitting the applicant to lease said premises for the conduct of such games to the authorized organization or organizations specified in the application during the period therein specified or such shorter period as such Clerk shall determine, but not to exceed one (1) year, upon payment of a license fee as set by resolution of the Board of Trustees from time to time. The current fee schedule is available at the Village Clerk's office.
No application for the issuance of a license to conduct games of chance or to lease premises to an authorized organization shall be denied by the Clerk until after a hearing, held on due notice to the applicant, at which the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications of the applicant and the merits of the application.
Any license issued under this chapter may be amended, upon application made to such Clerk who issued it, if the subject matter of the proposed amendment could lawfully and properly have been included in the original license and upon payment of such additional license fee, if any, as would have been payable if it had been so included.
Each license to conduct games of chance shall be in the form prescribed by the Board and shall contain such information as may be required by law and/or the rules and regulations of the Board, as the same may be amended from time to time. Each such license shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where the games of chance are to be conducted at all times during the conduct thereof.
Each license to lease premises for the conduct of games of chance will be in such form as may be prescribed by the Board and will contain such information as may be required by law and/or the rules and regulations of the Board, as the same may be amended from time to time. Each such license shall be conspicuously displayed upon such premises at all times during the conduct of such games of chance.
The Chief of Police shall have and exercise rigid control and close supervision over all games of chance conducted under such license, to the end that the same are fairly conducted in accordance with the provisions of such license, the provisions of the rules and regulations promulgated by the Board and the provisions of this chapter, and the Chief of Police and the Board shall have the power and the authority to temporarily suspend any license issued by the Clerk pending a hearing, and after notice and hearing the Board may suspend or revoke the same, declare the violator ineligible to apply for a license for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months thereafter and, additionally, impose a fine in an amount not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.) for violation of any such provisions, which shall not be paid from funds derived from the conduct of games of chance, and shall have the right of entry by its officers and agents at all times into any premises where any game of chance is being conducted or where it is intended that any such game shall be conducted or where any equipment being used or intended to be used in the conduct thereof is found, for the purpose of inspecting the same. Upon suspension or revocation of any license or upon declaration of ineligibility to apply for a license, the Board may suspend or revoke the identification number issued pursuant to § 188-a of the General Municipal Law. An agent of the Chief of Police shall make an on-site inspection during the conduct of all games of chance licensed pursuant to this chapter.
Subject to the applicable provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, beer may be offered for sale during the conduct of games of chance on games of chance premises, as such premises are defined in Subdivision 19 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to limit the offering for sale of any other alcoholic beverage in areas other than the games of chance premises or the sale of any other alcoholic beverage in premises where only the game of chance known as the "bell jar" is conducted.
Except as provided in § 70-11, no games of chance shall be conducted on Sunday unless specifically so provided in the license. The Village Clerk is hereby authorized to include such provision in any such license, upon a proper showing by the applicant of the need therefor. No games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
No game or games of chance shall be conducted under any license issued under this chapter more often than twelve (12) times in any calendar year. No particular premises shall be used for the conduct of games of chance on more than twenty-four (24) license periods during any one (1) calendar year. Games shall be conducted only between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Friday and 2:00 a.m. Saturday, and only between the hours of noon on Saturday and 2:00 a.m. Sunday. The 2:00 a.m. closing period shall also apply to a legal holiday. The above restrictions shall not apply when only the game of chance known as the "bell jar" is conducted.
No person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be permitted to play any game or games of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this chapter. Persons under the age of eighteen (18) years may be permitted to attend games of chance at the discretion of the games of chance licensee. No person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be permitted to operate any game of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this chapter or to assist therein.
No person shall operate any game of chance under any license issued under this chapter except a bona fide member of the authorized organization to which the license is issued or a bona fide member of an organization or association which is an auxiliary to the licensee or a bona fide member of an organization or association of which such licensee is an auxiliary or a bona fide member of an organization or association which is affiliated with the licensee by being, with it, auxiliary to another organization or association. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the number of games of chance licensees for whom such persons may operate games of chance nor to prevent nonmembers from assisting the licensee in any activity other than managing or operating games. No game of chance shall be conducted with any equipment except such as shall be owned or leased by the authorized organization so licensed or used without payment of any compensation therefor by the licensee. The head or heads of the authorized organization shall upon request certify, under oath, that the persons operating any game of chance are bona fide members of such authorized organization, auxiliary or affiliated organization. Upon request by the Chief of Police, any such person involved in such games of chance shall certify that he or she has no criminal record. No items of expense shall be incurred or paid in connection with the conducting of any game of chance pursuant to any license issued under this chapter except those that are reasonable and are necessarily expended for games of chance supplies and equipment; prizes; security personnel; stated rental, if any; bookkeeping or accounting services, according to a schedule of compensation prescribed by the Board; janitorial services and utility supplies, if any; license fees; and the cost of bus transportation, if authorized by such Chief of Police.
A licensee may advertise the conduct of games of chance to the general public by means of newspapers, circulars, handbills and posters and by one (1) sign not exceeding sixty (60) square feet in area, which may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises owned or occupied by a licensed authorized organization, and when an organization is licensed to conduct games of chance on premises of an authorized games of chance lessor, one (1) additional such sign may be displayed on or adjacent to the premises in which the games are to be conducted. Additional signs may be displayed upon any fire-fighting equipment belonging to any licensed authorized organization which is a volunteer fire company or upon any equipment of a first aid or rescue squad in and throughout the community served by such volunteer fire company or such first aid or rescue squad, as the case may be. All advertisements shall be limited to the description of such event as "games of chance" or "Las Vegas night," the name of the authorized organization conducting such games, the license number of the authorized organization as assigned by the Clerk and the date, location and time of the event.
Within seven (7) days after the conclusion of any license period, the authorized organization which conducted the same and its members who were in charge thereof and, when applicable, the authorized games of chance lessor which rented its premises therefor shall each furnish to the Clerk a statement subscribed by the member in charge and affirmed by him as true, under the penalties of perjury, showing the amount of the gross receipts derived therefrom and each item of expense incurred or paid and each item of expenditure made or to be made, other than prizes, the name and address of each person to whom each such item of expense has been paid or is to be paid, with a detailed description of the merchandise purchased or the services rendered therefor, the net proceeds derived from the conduct of games of chance during such license period and the use to which such proceeds have been or are to be applied. It shall be the duty of each licensee to maintain and keep such books and records as may be necessary to substantiate the particulars of each such statement.
Upon the filing of such statement of receipts, the authorized organization furnishing the same shall pay to the Clerk as and for an additional license fee a sum based upon the reported net proceeds, if any, for the license period covered by such statement and determined in accordance with such schedule as shall be established from time to time by the Board to defray the actual cost to the village of administering the provisions of this chapter, but such additional license fee shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the net proceeds for such license period.
The Village Clerk shall have power to examine or cause to be examined the books and records of:
Any authorized organization which is or has been licensed to conduct games of chance, so far as they may relate to games of chance, including the maintenance, control and disposition of net proceeds derived from games of chance, and to examine any manager, officer, director, agent, member or employee thereof, under oath, in relation to the conduct of any such game under any such license or the use of its premises for games of chance, as the case may be.
Any authorized games of chance lessor, so far as they may relate to leasing premises for games of chance, and to examine said lessor or any manager, officer, director, agent or employee thereof under oath, in relation to such leasing.
Any information so received shall not be disclosed except so far as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
Any applicant for or holder of any license issued or to be issued under this chapter aggrieved by any action of the Chief of Police or Village Clerk to which such application has been made or by which such license has been issued may appeal to the Board from the determination of said Chief of Police or Village Clerk by filing with the Chief of Police or Village Clerk a written appeal within thirty (30) days after the determination or action appealed from, and, upon the hearing of such, the evidence, if any, taken before such Chief of Police or Village Clerk and any additional evidence may be produced and shall be considered in arriving at a determination of the matters in issue, and the action of the Board upon said appeal shall be binding upon the Chief of Police or Village Clerk and all parties to said appeal.
Any person or persons who shall execute an application on behalf of any authorized organization shall, by the making of such application, warrant that he is familiar with the provisions of state law and the rules and regulations of the Board which may be applicable to such license and agrees to abide thereby.
This chapter was subject to mandatory referendum and became effective when approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon at a special election of the Village of Woodridge held on August 7, 1978.