[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lewiston 5-6-1958 (Ch. 4 of the 1965 Code) and approved by referendum. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The terms "bingo," "game," "authorized organization" and "license" as used herein shall have the same meanings as ascribed to them by Chapter 854 of the Laws of 1957 of the State of New York or any amendments thereto.
This chapter shall be subject to the provisions of and the requirements set forth in the bingo licensing law of the State of New York (Article 14-H, General Municipal Law, as enacted by Chapter 854 of the Laws of 1957), the State Lottery Control Law of the State of New York (Article 19-B of the Executive Law, as enacted by Chapter 853 of the Laws of 1957), the rules and regulations of the State Lottery Control Commission of the State of New York, and any amendments to such laws, rules and regulations: and such laws, rules and regulations, and any amendments thereto, shall in all respects govern the conduct of bingo games under this ordinance within the Town of Lewiston, applications for and the issuance of licenses therefor, and all other matters pertinent thereto mentioned and referred to in and by said laws, rules and regulations and amendments thereto.
It shall be lawful for any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as provided by law, to conduct the game of bingo within the territorial limits of the Town of Lewiston, subject to the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law (Chapter 854, Laws of 1957) and the provisions of Article 19-B of the Executive Law.
The conduct of bingo games as hereby authorized shall be subject to the following restrictions:
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization, other than an authorized organization licensed under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law (Chapter 854, Laws of 1957), shall be permitted to conduct such games.
The entire net proceeds of any game shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the game.
No single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $250.
No series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $1,000.
No person except a bona fide member of any such organization shall participate in the management or operation of such game.
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such game.
The making of any false statement in any application for a license, or in any statement annexed thereto, or any other violation of the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, or any violation of the terms of such a license, shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year for each such offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and, in addition, shall subject the offender to forfeiture of license and shall render the offender ineligible to apply for a license for one year thereafter.
This chapter shall not become operative or effective unless and until:
The provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, as enacted by Chapter 854 of the Laws of 1957, shall become operative in the Town of Lewiston by the approval of a proposition therefor by a vote of the majority of the qualified electors in said Town voting thereon, as provided by § 496 of the General Municipal Law; and
Subject to the provisions of the last preceding section, this chapter shall become effective immediately upon compliance with the provisions of § 133 of the Town Law of the State of New York as to the entry, publication, posting and/or personal service thereof.