Town of Putnam Valley, NY
Putnam County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Putnam Valley 8-24-1994 by L.L. No. 7-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Special districts — See Ch. 100.
058a Lake Oscawana Map of Cove Areas

§ 58-1 Intent.

A. 
It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to safeguard and promote the health, safety, welfare and tranquillity of the residents and inhabitants of the Town of Putnam Valley by regulating the operation and speed of all vessels or watercraft of any kind which are propelled in any manner other than by hand (with the exception of vessels propelled solely by a sail or sails) and the launching, docking or mooring of such vessels upon, and the use of any of, the lakes or bodies of water, not privately owned, within the Town of Putnam Valley.
B. 
The intent and purpose of this chapter is also to protect general ecology and water quality of these lakes and bodies of water. Impacts include but are not limited to sediment and fauna disturbance, circulation of nutrients, degradation of water quality, shoreline erosion and impacts on aquatic wildlife.
C. 
The demand on the lakes and water bodies within the Town of Putnam Valley for recreational uses continues to increase. The diversity of uses and users are competing for limited water resources. The intent and purpose of this chapter is also to provide regulations for the coexistence of recreational uses, i.e., uses involving motor-driven vessels should coexist with, not diminish, other more passive recreational uses.
D. 
It is the purpose of this chapter to supplement the provisions of the Navigation Law of the State of New York in accordance with § 130, Subdivision 17, of the New York State Town Law.

§ 58-2 Definitions.

The following terms, when used in this chapter, unless otherwise expressly stated, or unless the context of the language or subject matters indicate a different meaning or application was intended, shall be decreed to mean and include:
AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Buoys, beacons or other fixed objects in the water which are used to mark obstructions to navigation or to direct navigation through safe channels.
DOCK
A wharf, or a portion of a wharf, extending along the shore line and generally connected with the uplands throughout its length.
FLOATING OBJECTS
Any anchored marker or platform floating on the surface of the water, other than aids to navigation, and shall include but not be limited to bathing beach markers, speed-zone markers, information markers, swimming or diving rafts or floats, mooring buoys, fishing buoys and ski jumps.
MANUALLY OPERATED BOATS
Includes any vessel neither mechanically propelled nor motor driven.
MOTORBOAT
A mechanically propelled or motor-driven vessel having a source of power other than steam. This definition includes sailboats with motors and vessels temporarily or permanently equipped with detachable motors, including motors operated by electric power.
NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE STATE
All lakes, rivers, streams and waters within the boundaries of the state and not privately owned, which are navigable in fact or upon which vessels are operated, except all tidewaters bordering on and lying within the boundaries of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
OPERATOR
A person who operates or navigates a pleasure vessel.
OWNER
A person actually holding title to a vessel.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, corporation or association.
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)
A vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.
PIER
A wharf or portion of a wharf extending from the shoreline with water on both sides.
SPECIALTY PROP-CRAFT (SPC)
A vessel which is powered by an outboard motor or a propeller-driven motor and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.
TOWABLE AQUATIC DEVICES
Water skis, aquaplane boards, inflatable devices, including boats and tubes, and any object which may be towed behind a motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft.
VESSEL
Pleasure vessel, as defined in the Navigation Law of the State of New York, and shall include rafts, canoes, sailboats, foot-operated paddleboats and inflatable aquatic devices, including boats, tubes and floats, but shall not include any craft used for commercial purposes or any craft carrying passengers or freight, or used for towing or any other use for which compensation is received, nor shall it include any craft used as a residence.
WAKE
Moving waves, created by vessel motion or track or path that a boat leaves behind it when moving across the water.
WHARF
Any structure built or maintained for the purpose of providing a berthing place for vessels.

§ 58-3 Operators.

According to the Navigation Law of the State of New York, Article 4, § 49, no person under the age of 18 years shall operate a motorboat, PWC or SPC on the navigable waters of the state, and no person who is the owner of a motorboat, PWC or SPC shall knowingly authorize or permit the operation thereof on said waters by an operator less than 18 years old, unless:
A. 
The operator is accompanied therein by a person who is 18 years of age or older; or
B. 
The operator is between 10 and 18 years of age and has successfully completed a New York State Young Boaters Course and holds a boating safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation.

§ 58-4 Registration.

Every motorboat, PWC or SPC on the lakes and waterways of the Town of Putnam Valley shall be registered and numbered as provided in § 2251 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.

§ 58-5 Operating regulations.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the owner and/or the operator of every motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC on the lakes and waterways of the Town at all times to navigate, drive or operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and at a careful and proper rate of speed, so that said motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, or its wake, shall not endanger other motorboats, vessels, PWC's or SPC's, or property or the life and limb of any person and shall not interfere with the free and proper use of such lakes and waterways by others.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the owner and/or operator of every motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, when approaching or passing within 150 feet of any shore, dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or person or persons in, or swimming in, the lakes and waterways of the Town, or motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, to reduce the speed of and to operate such motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC in a manner or at a speed that does not cause a wake, that does not unreasonably interfere with or endanger such dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or person or persons in, or swimming in, the lakes and waterways of the Town, or motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, including an anchored or moored vessel, or the user or occupants of the same.
C. 
No motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, may be operated on any lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley at a speed in excess of 35 miles per hour between the hours of one hour after sunrise to sunset, except as stated in § 58-8A. Between the hours of sunset to one hour after sunrise, no motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be operated at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor create a wake, in any lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley.
D. 
No person shall operate a motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC on a lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley so as to knowingly and repeatedly injure or endanger the health, safety or welfare of another person or act in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person of ordinary intelligence and sensitivity.

§ 58-6 Operating regulations on Lake Oscawana.

A. 
Definitions of the coves.[1]
(1) 
The South Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying south of a line drawn between a point of land, marked by a buoy on the east shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8, and a point of land, marked by a buoy, on the west shore, now or formerly, of Keating, Tax Map Number 62.13-2-26.
(2) 
The Abele Park Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a straight line drawn from the southwest shore of Wheat Island (Dunderberg Island), now or formerly, of Berman, Tax Map Number 62.14-1-18, to the north shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8.
(3) 
The Wildwood Knolls Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a straight line drawn from the northernmost point of an island, now or formerly, of Jordan (Jordan's Island), Tax Map Number 62.14-1-32, to the southwesterly corner of lands, now or formerly, of Lockwood, Tax Map Number 62.10-2-7, adjacent to and west of the New York State Designated Wetland, OL-38, commonly known as "Lost River."
(4) 
The Northwest Cove and the Northeast Cove are included in that area of Lake Oscawana lying northerly of a straight line drawn from the northerly line of lands, now or formerly, of the Chippewa Boat Club, Tax Map Number 51.73-1-5, on the east shore of Lake Oscawana to the point on the west shore of said lake of lands now or formerly of Kisslinger and Kaplan and Kaplan, Tax Map Number 51.-1-28.
[1]:
Editor's Note: The Lake Oscawana Map of Cove Areas is included at the end of this chapter.
B. 
No motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall operate in the South Cove, Abele Park Cove, Wildwood Knolls Cove, Northeast Cove or Northwest Cove on Lake Oscawana at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor take off or land with a person or persons on a towable aquatic device, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, floating objects, i.e., swimming raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or person or persons in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana, or a motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, including an anchored or moored vessel, or the user of occupants of the same.
C. 
No motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be operated, driven or propelled, within 100 feet of any manually operated boats, vessels, motorboats, PWC or SPC, at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers the user or occupants of same.
D. 
With the exception of the cove areas as previously defined, no such motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be operated, driven or propelled within 150 feet of shore, dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or of any person or persons in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers such person or persons, or the user or occupants of same, except to take off or land with a person or persons using a towable aquatic device.

§ 58-7 PWC and SPC on Lake Oscawana; bathing areas.

A. 
No person shall operate a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft within 500 feet of any designated bathing area, except in bodies of water where the opposing shoreline is less than 500 feet from such designated area and in accordance with speed regulations and restrictions as provided by local law or ordinance, but in no event at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour; provided, however, that nothing contained in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the launching of such vessel from designated launching areas or sites. All other regulations for PWC and SPC in Article 4, § 73-A, of the Navigation Law of the State of New York, shall apply.
B. 
Pursuant to § 73-A of the Navigation Law of the State of New York, designated bathing areas for Lake Oscawana include but are not limited to the following district and community beaches: Hilltop Beach, Lookout Manor Beach, the Abele Park Sandy (Children's) Beach, the Abele Park Grassy (Adult) Beach, Wildwood Knolls Beaches, including Block C, Northview Estates Beach, Oscawana Country Club Beach, Cedar Ledges Beach, Laurelwood Manor Community Beach and Lee Avenue Beach, Lake Oscawana Owners Acres Beach and Noswal Park Beach.
C. 
Pursuant to § 73-A of the Navigation Law of the State of New York, every PWC or SPC shall at all times be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers which unreasonably or unnecessarily endanger life, limb or property, including but limited to weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to such other vessel or when visibility around such other vessel is obstructed and swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision, shall constitute reckless operation of a vessel.

§ 58-8 Towable aquatic devices on Lake Oscawana.

A. 
No motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be operated while taking off, towing or landing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device at a speed in excess of 40 miles per hour.
B. 
Operators of motorboats, vessels, PWC or SPC while taking off, towing or landing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device shall comply with all rules, regulations, laws and ordinances of any agency having jurisdiction thereover, with respect to safety requirements, while operating on Lake Oscawana.
C. 
No motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC towing any person or persons using a towable aquatic device shall operate at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor take off or land with a person or persons using a towable aquatic device, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers a dock, pier, floating object, i.e. raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or persons or persons in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana, or a motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, including an anchored or moored vessel, or the user or occupants of the same, in the South Cove, Abele Park Cove, Wildwood Knolls Cove, Northeast Cove and Northwest Cove of Lake Oscawana.
D. 
Persons using towable aquatic devices.
(1) 
No person on a towable aquatic device shall approach within a distance of 100 feet of any manually operated boats, vessels, motorboats, PWC's or SPC's at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers the user or occupants of the same.
(2) 
With the exception of the South Cove, Abele Park Cove, Wildwood Knolls Cove, Northeast Cove and Northwest Cove, no person using a towable aquatic device shall approach within a distance of 150 feet of any shore, dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach or of any person in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana, at a speed in excess of five miles per hour, nor create a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers such person or persons, or the user or occupants of same, except to take off or land with a person or persons using a towable aquatic device.
(3) 
No person shall operate or manipulate any towable aquatic device in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
E. 
Operators of motorboats, vessels, PWC's or SPC's towing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device shall not permit such person or persons to take off or land within 200 feet of any public or community beach, dock, raft or float.
F. 
No more than two persons shall be towed by a single motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC at the same time.
G. 
All other provisions of § 73 of the Navigation Law of the State of New York shall apply.

§ 58-9 Swimming and wading in Lake Oscawana.

It shall be illegal and a reckless obstruction of and interference with traffic and navigation for any person to be, swim or wade in the waters of Lake Oscawana at a distance of 150 feet or more from the shore or floating object, i.e., swimming raft or float, unless:
A. 
Such person is accompanied and attended by a boat operated and controlled by another swimmer. Such boat, so operated and controlled, shall be kept within 15 feet of such person at all times that the swimmer is in the lake. The boat operator shall signal approaching or passing motorboats, vessels, PWC or SPC of the presence of the swimmer in the water; or
B. 
Such person is towing an inflatable boat equipped with a swimming flag that measures at least 300 square inches area.

§ 58-10 Regattas and boat races.

A. 
No regattas and/or boat races may be held on any navigable waters of the state without a properly issued and valid permit from the New York State Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as specified in Article 3, § 34, of the Navigation Law of the State of New York.
B. 
The holding of regattas and/or vessel races on any of the lakes or waterways of the Town of Putnam Valley are also subject to the approval of the Town Board, subject to regulations promulgated by the Town Board.

§ 58-11 Depositing materials in lakes and waterways.

A. 
No person shall place, throw, deposit or discharge, or cause to be placed, thrown, deposited or discharged, in the waters of any lakes or their inlets or outlets or any waterways in the Town of Putnam Valley any garbage, litter, leaves, yard waste, grass clippings, any sewage or other liquid or solid materials which render the water unsightly, noxious or otherwise unwholesome so as to be detrimental to the public health or welfare or to the enjoyment of the water for recreational purposes.
B. 
Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.

§ 58-12 Officially operated boats and vessels.

Any motor boat, vessel, PWC or SPC operated by the Town of Putnam Valley shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter while engaged in emergency operation.

§ 58-13 Special district regulations.

In addition to all the sections and provisions of this chapter, the following subsections shall apply to the specific districts enumerated:
A. 
Lake Peekskill.
(1) 
It is prohibited to operate any gasoline- or oil-driven vessel or vehicle on Lake Peekskill, whether the lake is frozen or not.
(2) 
Every person operating any form of vehicle or vessel permitted on the surface of Lake Peekskill shall at all times operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and at such rate of speed as shall not endanger the property or life and limb of any person.
(3) 
Electric-powered vessels. Motorboats operated by electric power derived from batteries not exceeding twenty-four-volt capacity shall be permitted upon said lake.
(4) 
Registration numbers. Registration numbers are to be issued and shall be affixed on both sides of bow (front) of manually operated boats, vessels and electric-powered vessels, or painted upon all manually operated boats, vessels and electric-powered vessels using the waters of the Lake Peekskill District. Said registration numbers shall be issued by the current enforcement authority or designee.
B. 
Roaring Brook Lake.
(1) 
Power-driven vessels or vehicles. It is prohibited to operate any gasoline- or oil-driven vessel or vehicle on the waters of the Roaring Brook Lake District, whether frozen or not.
[Amended 4-11-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
(2) 
Electric-powered vessels. Motorboats operated by electric power derived from batteries not exceeding twenty-four-volt capacity shall be permitted upon said lake.
(3) 
Registration numbers. Registration numbers are to be issued and shall be affixed on both sides of bow (front) of manually operated boats, vessels or motorboats or painted upon any and all boats using the waters of Roaring Brook Lake District. Said registration numbers shall be issued by the current enforcement authority or its designee.
(4) 
Maximum length. No motorboats or vessels shall exceed the length of 16 feet, except that there should be no limitation on the size of canoes or sailboats.
C. 
Hilltop Estates.
(1) 
Motorboats and vessels. No owner, operator or occupant of a manually operated boat, vessel, motorboat, PWC or SPC shall be permitted to land on or leave his or her vessel on any of the beach property, or to attach to any of the mooring buoys, except households of the Improvement District or their lessees shall be permitted to moor, land or store their vessels on beach property set aside for such purpose. Docking facilities are to be limited to the mooring of one boat per each household.
(2) 
Beaching vessels. It is forbidden to leave boats on the beach, out of the water, for overhauling, painting or any other purpose during the period extending from June 20 to Labor Day. Hilltop Estates Improvement District property owners or their lessees leaving their boats either on the beach area at any time of the year or in the waters abutting thereon do so at their own risk and responsibility.
(3) 
Vessel restriction. The bathing area and the beach section from the steps to the bathing area shall be kept free of boats at all times.
D. 
Abele Park. No owner, operator or occupant of any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be permitted to launch from, land on or moor to any of the beach property, or to anchor in any of the waters of the lake abutting thereon, except that property owners of the park district or their lessees shall be permitted to launch such vessel from, or moor to, land or store their vessels on beach property set aside for such purpose.
E. 
Northview Estates.
(1) 
Vessel regulations. No owner, operator or occupant of any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC shall be permitted to launch such vessel from, land on or moor to any of the beach property, or to anchor in any of the waters of the lake abutting thereon, except that property owners of the park district and their immediate families, or their lessees, shall be permitted to launch such vessel from, or moor, land or store their vessels on beach property set aside for such purpose.
(2) 
No homeowner or property owner shall moor more than one vessel in the designated mooring areas, except by consent of a simple numerical majority of the homeowners and property owners of the park district.
(3) 
No overnight mooring of vessels on beach areas for visitors of property owners shall be permitted.
F. 
Barger and Bryant Ponds.
(1) 
Operation of vessels. Every person operating any vessel on the surface of Barger Pond or Bryant Pond shall at all times operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and at reasonable rate of speed that shall not endanger the property or threaten the life or limb of any person.
(2) 
Types of vessels. No gas- or oil-driven motorboat, whether by inboard or outboard motor, shall be operated on Barger Pond or Bryant Pond.

§ 58-14 Prohibited activities.

A. 
No person under the age of 18 years shall operate a mechanically propelled or motor-driven conveyance on the lakes and waterways in the Town of Putnam Valley, unless accompanied by a person who is 18 years old or if the operator is 10 years old or older and has, in his or her possession, a Boating Safety Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation.
B. 
No person shall operate any mechanically propelled or motor-driven vessel, powered by gasoline or oil, on the lakes and waterways of Putnam Valley, except Lake Oscawana.
C. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, PWC or SPC without being registered and numbered as provided in § 2251 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of New York State.
D. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC on any lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley in a manner which is not careful or prudent, nor in a manner in which the motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC or its wake will endanger other motorboats, vessels, PWC or SPC, or property, or the life and/or limb of any person.
E. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC in a manner which will interfere with the free and proper use of any waterway or lake in the Town of Putnam Valley.
F. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC when approaching or passing within 150 feet of any shore, dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or person or persons in, or swimming in, the lakes and waterways of the Town, or motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, without reducing the speed of and operating such motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC in a manner or at a speed that does not cause a wake, that does not unreasonably interfere with or endanger such dock, pier, raft or float, crib or bathing beach, or person or persons in, swimming in, the lakes and waterways of the Town, or motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, including an anchored or moored vessel, or the user or occupants of the same.
G. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC closer than 150 feet of shore at a speed greater than five miles per hour, nor create a wake.
H. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC within 150 feet of shore, float, raft, dock, pier, crib or bathing beach or of any person in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana at a speed greater than five miles per hour, nor shall such craft create wake.
I. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC within 100 feet of any manually operated boat, sailboat, motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC at a speed greater than five miles per hour, nor shall any such vessel create a wake.
J. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC in the South Cove, Abele Park Cove, Wildwood Knolls Cove, Northeast Cove or Northwest Cove at a speed greater than five miles per hour nor shall any such craft create a wake, nor pick up or drop off a water skier, or a person or persons using a towable aquatic device.
(1) 
South Cove. The South Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana of a line drawn between a point of land, marked by a buoy on the east shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8 and a point of land, marked by a buoy, on the was shore, now or formerly, of Keating, Tax Map Number 62.13-2-26.
(2) 
Abele Park Cove. The Abele Park Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a line drawn from the southwest shore of Wheat Island (Dunderberg Island), now or formerly, of Berman, Tax Map Number 62.14-1-18, to the north shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8.
(3) 
Wildwood Knolls Cove. The Wildwood Knolls Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a straight line drawn from the northernmost point of an island, now or formerly, of Jordan (Jordan's Island), Tax Map Number 62.14-1-32, to the southwesterly corner of lands, now or formerly, of Lockwood, Tax Map Number 62.10-2-7, adjacent to and west of the New York State Designated Wetland, OL-38, commonly known as "Lost River."
(4) 
Northeast Cove and Northwest Cove. The Northwest Cove and the Northeast Cove are included in that area of Lake Oscawana lying northerly of a straight line drawn from the northerly line of lands, now or formerly, of the Chippewa Boat Club, Tax Map Number 51.73-1-5, on the east shore of Lake Oscawana to the point on the west shore of said lake of lands, now or formerly, of Kisslinger and Kaplan and Kaplan, Tax Map Number 51.-2-28.
K. 
No person shall at any time, operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC a speed greater than 35 miles per hour between the hours of one hour after sunrise to sunset, except as stated in § 58-8A on any lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley.
L. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, during the hours from sunset to one hour after sunrise at a speed greater than five miles per hour, nor create any wake from such vessel.
M. 
No person shall operate any PWC or SPC within 500 feet of any designated bathing area, except in bodies of water where the opposing shore line is less than 500 feet from such designated bathing area. Then such PWC and SPC shall be operated according to the restrictions in this chapter. However, nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the launching or landing of such PWC or SPC from a designated launching or landing site.
N. 
No person shall operate any PWC or SPC in a reckless manner and shall, at all times, operate such craft in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers which unreasonably or unnecessarily endanger life, limb or property, including, but not limited to, weaving through congested vessel traffic; jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to such other vessel or when visibility around such other vessel is obstructed; and swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision shall all constitute reckless operation of a vessel, motorboat, PWC or SPC.
O. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC on a lake or waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley so as to knowingly and repeatedly injure or endanger the health, safety or welfare of another person or act in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person of ordinary intelligence and sensitivity.
P. 
No person operating any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, while taking off, towing or landing a person using a towable aquatic device, violate any section or subsection of this chapter with respect to the safety requirements while operating any such vessel.
Q. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, personal watercraft or SPC while taking off, towing or landing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device, at a speed in excess of 40 miles per hour.
R. 
No person shall be towed using a towable aquatic device, nor shall any person operate a motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, towing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device between sunset and one hour after sunrise, inclusive.
S. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC towing a person or persons using a towable aquatic device at a speed in excess of five miles per hour in:
(1) 
South Cove. The South Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying south of a line drawn between a point of land, marked by a buoy on the east shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8 and a point of land, marked by a buoy, on the west shore, now or formerly, of Keating, Tax Map Number 62.13-26.
(2) 
Abele Park Cove. The Abele Park Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a straight line drawn from the southwest shore of Wheat Island (Dunderberg Island), now or formerly, of Berman, Tax Map Number 62.14-1-18, to the north shore, now or formerly, of Axinn, Tax Map Number 62.63-1-8.
(3) 
Wildwood Knolls Cove. The Wildwood Knolls Cove is that area of Lake Oscawana lying easterly of a straight line drawn from the northernmost point of an island now or formerly, of Jordan (Jordan's Island), Tax Map Number 62.14-1-32, to the southwesterly corner of lands, now or formerly, of Lockwood, Tax Map Number 62.10-2-7, adjacent to and west of the New York State Designated Wetland, OL-38, commonly known as "Lost River."
(4) 
Northeast Cove and Northwest Cove. The Northwest Cove and the Northeast Cove are included in that area of Lake Oscawana lying northerly of a straight line drawn from the northerly line of lands, now or formerly, of Chippewa Boat Club, Tax Map Number 51.73-1-5, on the east shore of Lake Oscawana to the point on the west shore of said lake of lands, now or formerly, of Kisslinger and Kaplan and Kaplan, Tax Map Number 51.-1-28.
T. 
No person shall be towed using a towable aquatic device nor shall any person operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC while towing any person or persons using a towable aquatic device within 100 feet of any manually operated boat, vessel, motorboat, PWC or SPC.
U. 
No person shall be towed using a towable aquatic device nor shall any person operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC while towing any person using a towable aquatic device within 150 feet of the shore, float, raft, dock, pier, crib or bathing beach, or of any person in, or swimming in, Lake Oscawana. Except this section shall not prohibit the take off or landing of a person using a towable aquatic device so long as no other section or subsection of this chapter is violated.
V. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC towing more than two persons using a towable aquatic device(s) at the same time.
W. 
No person shall operate any motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC while towing any person using a towable aquatic device nor shall any person be towed from any such motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, unless, in addition to such person operating such motorboat, vessel, PWC or SPC, an observer is on board such vessel who is at least 10 years old. It shall also be a violation of this section if such person is not constantly observing such person or persons using a towable aquatic device(s).
X. 
No person shall operate or manipulate any person or persons using a towable aquatic device in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
Y. 
No person shall be in, swim in or wade in Lake Oscawana at a distance of more than 150 feet from shore or a swimming raft or float unless:
(1) 
Such person is accompanied and attended by a vessel operated and controlled by another swimmer. Such vessel shall be kept within 15 feet of such person at all times that person is in Lake Oscawana more than 150 feet from shore.
(2) 
The operator of such vessel accompanying and attending a person in Lake Oscawana more than 150 feet from shore shall signal any approaching motor boat, vessel, PWC or SPC as to the presence of a person in Lake Oscawana more than 150 feet from shore.
(3) 
Such person in Lake Oscawana, more than 150 feet from shore, is towing an inflatable boat equipped with a swimming flag; such flag shall be at least 300 square inches.
Z. 
No person shall place, throw, deposit or discharge or cause to be placed, thrown, deposited or discharged in the waters of any lake or their inlets or outlets on any waterway in the Town of Putnam Valley any garbage, litter, leaves, yard waste, grass clippings, any sewage or other liquid or solid materials which render the water unsightly, noxious or otherwise unwholesome so as to be detrimental to the public health or welfare or to the enjoyment of the water for recreational purposes. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a misdemeanor.

§ 58-15 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any person who shall violate any section of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation, unless the particular section is designated a misdemeanor.
(1) 
Notwithstanding any other designation specified in the law or ordinance defining it, a fine of not more than $250 or sentence to a term of imprisonment which is not in excess of 15 days as provided therein, or the only sentence provided therein is fine; or
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(2) 
A sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of 15 days is provided for such offense in a law or ordinance enacted prior to the effective date of this chapter but the offense was not a crime prior to that date.
B. 
Any person who shall violate a section particularly designated as a misdemeanor shall be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.