[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Port Jervis 1-12-1976 as §§ 17-66 through 17-75 of the 1964 Code of Ordinances (Ch. 45 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Appearance tickets — See Ch. 5.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 505.
For the purpose of assisting the Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations, pursuant to the provisions of Article 14-B, §§ 370, 371 and 372 of the General Municipal Law, the Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall be under the charge of the Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis or such person or persons as he may designate and shall be open at such hours as the City Judge of said City may designate.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall be authorized to dispose of all violations of the Traffic Ordinance of the City of Port Jervis and the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, including parking violations, other than those which constitute speeding or which may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies under those statutes, by permitting a person charged with an offense within the limitations herein stated to answer within a specified time at such Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney, in such form as may be prescribed herein, by paying a fine to be designated by the City Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis for such offense, and in writing to waive a hearing before the Court, pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such plea on behalf of such offender and pay such fine in Court.
The City Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis shall have authority to designate the amount of all fines to be paid for offenses cognizable by the Traffic Violations Bureau, except that such fines shall not exceed the limits imposed by either the ordinances of the City of Port Jervis or the statutes of the State of New York.
Acceptance of a fine and power of attorney by the Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt therefor which so states.
If a person charged with a traffic or parking violation, as aforesaid, does not answer as herein prescribed within a time designated therefor, the Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against him forthwith and a warrant to be issued for his arrest and appearance before the Court.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall not be authorized to deprive a person of his right to counsel or to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in Court to answer, to explain or defend any charge of a violation of any traffic law, ordinance, rule or regulation.
The designated fines to be paid for offenses may be satisfied at the Bureau as hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offenses.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall keep a record of all violations, whether guilt was established in Court or in the Bureau, and also a record of all fines collected and the disposition thereof. It shall also perform such other or additional duties and keep such other or additional records as shall be prescribed by the Judge of the City Court of the City of Port Jervis.
The power of attorney shall be in the following form: