[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of South Nyack as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-13-1980 by L.L. No. 1-1980]
The Chief of Police of the Village of South Nyack-Grand View Police Department, whenever he deems the public interest requires it, may request the chief executive officer of any other local government to detail, assign, make available for duty and use in the Village of South Nyack any part of the forces, equipment and supplies of the police department, police force or parkway police force of the local government of which the request is made.
The Chief of Police of the Village of South Nyack-Grand View Police Department is hereby authorized to provide the assistance of the regularly employed law enforcement officers, equipment and/or supplies of the Village of South Nyack to any municipality within Rockland County and the Town of Tuxedo and Village of Tuxedo Park requesting such assistance to aid in coping with situations where there exists in such other municipality a need for the services of additional law enforcement officers, their equipment and/or supplies to protect the health, life and property of such other municipality, its inhabitants and the visitors thereto. The assistance offered shall be in accordance with the provisions of § 209-m of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York.
[Adopted 11-9-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]
The Incorporated Villages of South Nyack and Grand View-on-Hudson are contiguous municipalities located in the Town of Orangetown, County of Rockland. The Village of South Nyack currently has a police force consisting of a Chief of Police, four full-time patrolmen and eight part-time patrolmen, and it is anticipated that one more full-time patrolman will be added. The Village of Grand View-on-Hudson has had one full-time officer serving as the Chief of Police. It is the intention of the villages to create a joint Police Department to better promote law enforcement and police protection throughout the jurisdiction of both villages. It is the further intention of the villages that the joint Police Department enforce all laws and ordinances of the State of New York and of the respective villages.
It is the intent of the Village of South Nyack and the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson to each adopt identical local laws establishing a joint Police Department to serve the two villages.
There is hereby established a joint Police Department to serve the respective geographic area of the Incorporated Villages of South Nyack and Grand View-on-Hudson.
This joint Police Department shall be known as the "South Nyack-Grand View Police Department."
The joint Police Department established by this article shall enforce all the laws of the State of New York and all local laws and ordinances of the Village of South Nyack and the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson in the respective geographic areas served by the joint department.
The administrative board of the joint Police Department shall consist of the Mayor or Acting Mayor of each village or two designated Trustees for the Village of South Nyack and the Police Commissioner or a designated Trustee for the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson. This administrative board shall have general administrative authority, including the appointment of officers. Hereafter, it shall be referred to as the "Board." The Mayor or Acting Mayor of South Nyack shall be the presiding officer of this Board in odd-numbered years, and the Mayor or Acting Mayor of the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson shall be the presiding officer in even-numbered years.
[Amended 11-28-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000]
The numbers of persons necessary to constitute a quorum of the Board shall be three members, and the number of members of the Board shall be five. At each meeting there shall be in attendance at least one member from the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson and two members from the Village of South Nyack. The affirmative vote of three members shall be necessary for the Board to take any action. At least one of such affirmative votes shall be cast by a member from the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson.
There shall be an annual meeting of the Board in February of each year. Special meetings may be held upon 72 hours' notice or sooner in cases of emergency. Meetings may be held in either village as determined by the Board.
The Board shall be the appointing authority for the joint Police Department and shall appoint all patrolmen of the police force. The Chief of Police of the force shall be appointed by the Board. The present Chief of Police of the Village of South Nyack shall be the Chief of Police of the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department. All present full-time and part-time police officers of the Village of South Nyack shall constitute and be members of the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department. They shall have all the seniority rights that they have in the South Nyack Police Department at the time that this article shall become effective. The labor agreement currently in force in the South Nyack Police Department shall apply to the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department. All officers shall be deemed to be employees of each Village.
All appointments shall be in accordance with the Civil Service Law of the State of New York, the rules and regulations of the Rockland County Personnel Office and the Public Officers Law of the State of New York. Any individual appointed as a police officer, Sergeant or Chief of Police prior to the enactment of L.L. No. 2-2018 shall be exempted from the former requirement that they be a resident of the County of Rockland.
[Amended 10-23-2018 by L.L. No. 2-2018]
On or before February 1 of each year, the Chief of Police shall present a tentative budget for the ensuing fiscal year to the Police Board. The Board shall make such changes in the Police Department tentative budget as it deems necessary and forward the Police Department tentative budget, as amended, to the Village Clerk of each village on or before March 15 of each year for inclusion in the tentative budget of each village. A public hearing on the Police Department tentative budget shall be held by each village at the same time as the public hearing on the respective village budget. Subsequent to said public hearings and on or before April 30 of each year, the Police Board shall adopt a budget for the Police Department and transmit said budget to each village for inclusion in the respective village budget. The amounts to be appropriated by each village for the Police Department budget shall be based upon the proportionate share of assessed valuation of each village to the total assessed valuation of both villages, as shown on the Town of Orangetown assessment roll.
[Amended 5-24-1983 by L.L. No. 4-1983; 1-12-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993]
The Board shall have the authority to adopt, amend and nullify rules and regulations relating to the operations of the Police Department. The Board shall also have the authority to enter into contracts with the members of the Department.
The Treasurer of the Village of South Nyack shall be responsible for the payment and disbursing of all funds budgeted for the joint Police Department by the Board. The Village Tax Collector of each village shall transmit to or deposit to the credit of the joint Police Department special account all moneys received by taxation as budgeted by the Board, which shall be maintained by the Treasurer of the Village of South Nyack for that purpose only.
All the moneys received by either village for police purposes shall also be transmitted to the Treasurer of the Village of South Nyack for deposit in that special account.
Treasurer's reports shall be submitted to the Mayor of each village.
Except insofar as modified or changed by this article, all provisions of the Village Law, Town Law, General Municipal Law, Civil Service Law and all other laws of the State of New York shall continue to apply to the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department.
The Village Court of the Village of South Nyack and the Village Court of the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson shall continue to have the jurisdiction which they have upon the adoption of this article.
All insurance policies of each Village now in effect shall be endorsed to include the Board, the Village of South Nyack and the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson as joint insurers for the purposes of this joint Police Department.
Discipline and charges shall be as provided in § 8-804 of the Village Law, except that the Board shall perform the function therein specified for the Board of Trustees. Review shall be as provided in § 8-806 of the Village Law.
At the time of the annual meeting and upon written notice to each member of the Board, either village shall have the absolute right to dissolve the joint Police Department. This action shall require a resolution approved of by four of the five members of the Village Board electing to dissolve the Police Department. The date of the dissolution of the joint Police Department shall be the last day of the fiscal year of both villages. If the joint Police Department is abolished, all members of such Department shall immediately become employees of only the Village of South Nyack. Surplus funds, if any, in the special account shall (after payment of all encumbrances) be divided between the villages in the same manner and same proportion as the tax rate was established.
This article shall become effective at 12:00 midnight December 31, 1982. The Board shall meet and establish a budget for the period between January 1, 1983, and May 31, 1983, and to establish the amount of money to be paid by each village for this period.