[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Geneseo 2-12-2018 by L.L. No. 1-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose and intent of this chapter is to foster and support worthy causes and undertakings enabling authorized organizations (as hereinafter defined) to conduct games of chance as permitted by, and in accordance with, Article 9-a of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York (hereinafter referred to as the "GML").
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the authority delegated to the Village pursuant to GML § 187 and shall be known as the "Village of Geneseo Games of Chance Law."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- An application for a license to conduct a game of chance pursuant to § 69-7 of this chapter.
- AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
- An authorized organization as defined by Subdivision 4 of § 186 of the GML.
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- Shall mean and include only the games known as "merchandise wheels," "coin boards," "merchandise boards," "seal cards," "event games," "raffles," and "bell jars," and such other specific games as may be authorized by the Board, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors, symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly known as "bingo" or "lotto" or "bookmaking," "policy or numbers games" and "lottery." No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by one player against another player.
- STATE BOARD
- The New York State Gaming Commission created pursuant to § 102 of the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law of the State of New York.
Unless otherwise defined, the words and terms used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as such words and terms are used in Article 9-a of the GML.
Words singular in form may include the plural and words plural in form may include the singular, and words in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter genders.
The Village Clerk is hereby delegated the authority granted to the Village Board of Trustees by Article 9-a of the GML in relation to the issuance, amendment and cancellation of licenses, the conduct of investigations and hearings and the collection and transmission of fees.
It shall be lawful for any authorized organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as provided in and otherwise complying with the provisions of Article 9-a of the GML of the State of New York, to conduct games of chance within the territorial limits of the Village of Geneseo, subject to the provisions of this chapter and the provisions of Article 9-a of the General Municipal Law.
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization other than an authorized organization licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall be permitted to conduct games of chance within the territorial limits of the Village of Geneseo.
No authorized organization shall conduct games of chance without first obtaining a license for the same.
Each applicant for a license to conduct a game of chance shall file with the Village Clerk an application in such form and containing such information as may be prescribed from time to time by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees. Such application shall include all of the information required under GML § 190 as well as any information otherwise required by the State Board.
The Village Clerk shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of each application with due expedition after the filing of the application. The scope of such investigation, the matters to be determined from the investigation, the standards for the issuance of the license, the amount of licensing fees to be imposed and the duration of the license shall be governed by GML § 191.
The conduct of any games of chance shall be subject to the restrictions set forth in GML § 189.
Games of chance shall be permitted on Sundays between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight only. However, no games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day.
This chapter is enacted solely for the purpose of exercising the local option as permitted under GML § 187. The application, interpretation, enforcement and administration of this chapter are subject to all of the provisions GML Article 9-a. Any requirements of GML Article 9-a not specifically set forth herein are hereby incorporated herein in their entirety.