[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva by L.L. No. 1-1977; approved at the general election on 11-8-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Games of Chance Law of the City of Geneva, New York."
Specific terms. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
- Any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans or volunteer firemen, which by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution, or act of the legislature, shall have among its dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in § 186 of the General Municipal Law, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in § 186 of the General Municipal Law for a period of three years immediately prior to applying for a license under this chapter and Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
- New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
- The City of Geneva, New York.
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- Specific games of chance, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors, symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly known as "bingo" or "lotto" which are controlled under Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law and also not including "slot machines," "bookmaking" and "policy or numbers games" as defined in § 225.00 of the Penal Law. No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by one player against another player.
Other terms. All other terms used in this chapter shall have, for the purpose of this chapter, the meanings respectively ascribed to them by § 186 of the General Municipal Law.
Authorized organizations may, upon the obtainment of a license from the City Clerk, conduct games of chance within the City of Geneva as provided in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and as provided further in this chapter. Such games of chance shall be conducted in accordance with the general state law and with the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and this chapter.
The conduct of games of chance authorized by this chapter shall be subject to the following restrictions:
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization, other than a licensee under the provisions of this chapter, shall conduct such game or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting games of chance a hall or other premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect, except as provided in § 190 of the General Municipal Law.
No game of chance 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.
No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall purchase or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of games of chance from other than a supplier licensed by the Board or from another authorized organization.
The entire net proceeds of any game of chance and of any rental shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.
No prize shall exceed the sum or value of $100 in any operation or conducting of a single game of chance as provided in § 186 of the General Municipal Law. No single wager shall exceed $10.
No series of prizes on any one occasion of games of chance shall aggregate more than $1,000 as provided in § 186 of the General Municipal Law.
No person except a bona fide member of any such organization, its auxiliary or affiliated organization, shall participate in the management or operation of such game, as set forth in § 195-c of the General Municipal Law.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to play any game of chance or conduct or assist in the conducting of any game of chance conducted pursuant to this chapter.
No game of chance shall be conducted under any license issued more often than 12 times in any calendar year. Games shall be conducted only between the hours of noon and midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and only between the hours of noon on Friday and 2:00 a.m. Saturday and only between the hours of noon on Saturday and 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Games of chance on Sunday may be conducted only between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and midnight.
No games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such game.
The unauthorized conduct of a game of chance shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
This chapter shall be deemed to include all of the provisions of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, and any amendment to the provisions in such article to the extent such provisions and amending acts are otherwise applicable to games of chance authorized under this chapter.
The Police Department shall exercise control over and supervision of all games of chance conducted under an appropriately issued license. Such Department shall have all those powers and duties set forth in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.