[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lewiston 6-12-1989 by L.L. No. 6-1989 (Ch. 11A of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo — See Ch. 4.
This chapter shall be entitled the "Games of Chance Law of the Town of Lewiston."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
- An authorized organization as defined in Subdivision 4 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law as follows:
"Authorized organization' shall mean and include any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal or 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 this article, 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 this article for a period of three years immediately prior to applying for a license under this article.
"No organization shall be deemed an authorized organization which is formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance [and the distribution of the proceeds thereof to itself or any other organization] and which does not devote at least 75% of its activities to other purposes set forth in this subdivision. No political party shall be deemed an authorized organization."
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- A game of chance as defined in Subdivision 3 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law.
Authorized organizations may, upon obtaining a license from the Town Clerk, conduct games of chance within the Town of Lewiston 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 laws of the State of New York and with the rules and regulations adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and pursuant to this local law.
The conduct of games of chance shall be subject to the restrictions imposed by § 189 of the General Municipal Law.
Games of chance may be conducted on Sunday pursuant to this chapter. However, no games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
[Amended 3-12-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990]
The Police Commissioner of the Town of Lewiston shall exercise control over and supervision of all games of chance conducted under duly authorized licenses. Said Police Commissioner shall have all powers and duties set forth in and for the enforcement of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
This chapter shall take effect upon the filing of the same with the Secretary of State and following its approval by a majority of the qualified voters of the Town of Lewiston voting on a proposition therefor at a special election held pursuant to the provisions of the Town Law.
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved by a majority vote at a special election held 11-7-1989.