[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Fallsburg 4-9-1979 by L.L. No. 3-1979, approved at referendum 6-12-1979 (Ch. 114 of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo — See Ch. 91.
This chapter shall be known as the "Games of Chance Law of the Town of Fallsburg, 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, fraternal 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. No organization shall be deemed an authorized organization which is formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance and which does not devote at least 75% of its activities to other than conducting games of chance. No political party shall be deemed an authorized organization.
- New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- Only the games known as "merchandise wheels," and such other specific games as may be authorized by the Board, 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,"c "bookmaking" and "policy or numbers games" and "lottery" as defined in § 225 of the Penal Law. No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by one player against another player.
- The Town of Fallsburg, New York, exclusive of the Village of Woodridge.
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 Town Clerk, conduct games of chance within the Town of Fallsburg 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 shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same and the net proceeds of any rental derived therefrom shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the authorized games of chance lessor.
No single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $300, except that for merchandise wheels, no single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $250. No single wager shall exceed $6. No single prize awarded by raffle shall exceed the sum or value of $50,000, except that an authorized organization may award by raffle a single prize having a value of up to and including $100,000 if its application for a license filed pursuant to General Municipal Law § 190 includes a statement of its intent to award a prize having such value. For bell jars, coin boards, or merchandise boards, no single prize shall exceed $500; provided, however, that such limitation shall not apply to the amount of money or value paid by the participant in a raffle in return for a ticket or other receipt. For coin boards and merchandise boards, the value of a prize shall be determined by its costs to the authorized organization or, if donated, its fair market value.
No authorized organization shall award a series of prizes consisting of merchandise with an aggregate value in excess of $10,000 during the successive operations of any one merchandise wheel, and $3,000 during the successive operations of any bell jar, coin board, or merchandise board. No series of prizes awarded by raffle shall have an aggregate value in excess of $100,000. For coin boards and merchandise boards, the value of a prize shall be determined by its cost to the authorized organization or, if donated, its fair market value.
In addition to merchandise wheels, no more than five other single types of games of chance shall be conducted during any one license period.
Except for merchandise wheels and raffles, no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $400 when the licensed authorized organization conducts five single types of games of chance during any one license period. Except for merchandise wheels, raffles, and bell jars, no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $500 when the licensed authorized organization conducts less than five single types of games of chance, exclusive of merchandise wheels, raffles and bell jars, during any one license period. No authorized organization shall award by raffle prizes with an aggregate value in excess of $100,000 during any one license period.
Except for the limitations on the sum or value for single prizes and series of prizes, no limit shall be imposed on the sum or value of prizes awarded to any one participant during any occasion or any license period.
No person except a bona fide member of the licensed authorized organization shall participate in the management of such games; no person except a bona fide member of the licensed authorized organization, its auxiliary or affiliated organization, shall participate in the operation of such game, as set forth in § 195-c of the General Municipal Law.
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such game.
No authorized organization shall extend credit to a person to participate in playing a game of chance.
No game of chance shall be conducted on other than the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor.
No person under the age of 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 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 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 game or games of chance shall be conducted under any license issued more often than 12 times in any calendar year. No particular premises shall be used for the conduct of games of chance on more than 24 license periods during any one 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 noon and midnight. The 2:00 a.m. closing period shall also apply to a legal holiday.
No games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
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.