[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Williston Park 9-22-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975 as Ch. 65, § 65.54 of the 1975 Code; amended in its entirety 8-15-1983 by L.L. No. 7-1983. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board finds that the unrestricted consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain public places often leads to disorders and related problems as well as the littering of such public places and is disturbing to the public and threatens peace and good order.
The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain public places in order to prevent disorderly behavior and the littering of public places and to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to promote the public good.
No person shall, within the Village of Williston Park, drink or otherwise consume liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages while such person is in or upon any public sidewalk, street, highway, parking lot, bathing beach, public park or such other public place as defined by § 240.00 of the Penal Law of the State of New York.
No person shall carry or have in his or her possession, within the Village of Williston Park, any open bottle or open container containing liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverage with the intent of the possessor or another to consume the same in any of the public places described in § 63-2 of this chapter.
The possession of an open bottle or open container unwrapped or with the top exposed in a public place as herein defined shall be presumptive evidence that such open bottle or open container is intended to be consumed in a public place.
An open bottle or open container in any vehicle while in or on any public sidewalk, street, highway, parking lot, bathing beach, public park or other public place, as defined by § 240.00 of the Penal Law of the State of New York, shall be presumptive evidence that the same is in the possession of all the occupants thereof.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any activity sponsored by an organization having proper permission to dispense alcoholic beverages upon public property in the village, said permission having been issued by the Village Board for this exception. No fee shall be charged for the granting of this permission. This exception shall apply only to the public property in the village upon which the alcoholic beverages are dispensed.