[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pendleton 6-5-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo — See Ch. 107.
This chapter shall be known as the "Games of Chance Ordinance of the Town of Pendleton."
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 (1) or more of the lawful purposes as defined in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members, and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one (1) or more of the lawful purposes as defined in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law for a period of three (3) years immediately prior to applying for a license under Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
No organization shall be deemed an "authorized organization" which is formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance and which does not devote at least seventy-five percent (75%) of its activities to other than conducting games of chance. No political party shall be deemed an "authorized organization."
- GAME 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 Pendleton 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 chapter.
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.
The Niagara County Sheriff shall exercise control over and supervision of all games of chance conducted under duly authorized license. The Niagara County Sheriff shall have all those powers and duties set forth in and for the enforcement of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon publication and posting, following its approval by majority of the qualified voters of the Town of Pendleton voting on a proposition therefore, at a special election held pursuant to the provisions of the Town Law.
Editor's Note: This chapter was approved at a referendum held on June 28, 1979.