[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glens Falls as Art. XIII of Ch. 117 of the 1967 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 208.
The City Court of the City of Glens Falls is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau, pursuant to Article 14-B of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, to assist such Court in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations. Such Court is further authorized to designate the person or persons in charge of such Bureau and to designate the hours during which such Bureau will be open.
The Traffic Violations Bureau is authorized to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations when such offenses shall not constitute the traffic infraction known as "speeding" or a misdemeanor or felony. The authority of the Traffic Violations Bureau to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations is further limited in that any person who shall have been, in the preceding 12 months, guilty of a number of parking violations in excess of such maximum number as may be designated by the Court or of three or more violations other than parking violations shall not be permitted to appear and answer to a subsequent violation at the Traffic Violations Bureau but must appear in Court at a time specified by the Bureau.
Any person charged with an offense that the Traffic Violations Bureau has authority to dispose of may answer at the Traffic Violations Bureau within a specified time, either in person or by written power of attorney in the form hereinafter prescribed, by paying a prescribed fine and, in writing, waiving a hearing in Court, pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such a plea and pay such fine in Court. Acceptance of the prescribed fine and power of attorney by the Traffic Violations Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt which so states.
If a person charged with such a traffic violation does not answer, either as hereinbefore prescribed or by appearing before the Court within the time specified, the Traffic Violations Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against him forthwith and a warrant to be issued for his arrest and his appearance before the Court. The Traffic Violations Bureau is not 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 City Court of the City of Glens Falls is hereby authorized to designate the fines to be paid for the offenses which may be satisfied at the Traffic Violations Bureau in the manner hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offenses and is further authorized to designate the period or periods of time within which a person charged with such an offense may answer at the Bureau.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall keep a record of all such violations of which each person has been guilty, whether guilt was established in Court or in the Bureau, and also a record of all fines collected and the disposition thereof. Such Bureau shall also perform such other or additional duties and keep such other or additional records as shall be prescribed by the Court.
The written power of attorney to be used by persons answering charges by power of attorney in the manner hereinabove prescribed is as follows:
I, the undersigned, hereby waive a hearing in Court and plead guilty of the traffic violation as charged on the reverse side hereof and duly constitute the Clerk of the Traffic Violations Bureau my attorney in fact, authorizing him to appear in Court, enter my plea and pay my fine.