[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Corinth 8-12-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996 (Ch. 64 of the 1983 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board, pursuant to the authority granted it under Article 4 of the Village Law and § 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York, hereby enacts as follows.
The Village Board has determined that large numbers of minors have been congregating in the Village after dark causing general disturbances to residents. In order to reduce juvenile crime, protect the children of this municipality, and reinforce parental authority, it is necessary that a curfew be established to keep minors out of public areas after dark.
It shall be unlawful for any child under the age of 18 years to remain in or upon any public street, highway, park, vacant lot or other public place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
The following shall constitute valid exceptions to the operation of the curfew:
At any time, if the child is accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian.
If the child is legally employed, for the period from 1/2 hour before to 1/2 hour after work, while going directly between his or her home and place of employment. This exception shall also apply if the child is in a public place during curfew hours in the course of his or her employment. To come under this exception, the child must be carrying a written statement from the employer attesting to the place and hours of employment.
Until the hour of 12:30 a.m., if the child is on the property of or the sidewalk directly adjacent to the building in which he or she resides or the buildings immediately adjacent thereto if the owner of the adjacent building does not object.
If the child is coming directly home from a school activity or an activity of a religious or other voluntary association, or a place of public entertainment, such as a movie, play, or sporting event. This exception will apply for one hour after the completion of such event, but in no case beyond 12:00 midnight.
If the minor is exercising First Amendment rights protected by the Constitution, such as the free exercise of religion, speech, or assembly, provided that the minor first has given notice to the Mayor by delivering a written communication signed by the minor and countersigned by a parent of the minor which specifies when, where, in what manner, and for what First Amendment purpose the minor will be on the streets at night during the curfew period.
[Amended 9-18-1996 by L.L. No. 9-1996]
Any person committing an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation under the Penal Law and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable for the first offense by a fine of not more than $100 and for each subsequent offense by a fine of not more than $250.