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Village of Ossining, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining 10-6-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 88.
Demolition of buildings — See Ch. 95.
Unlicensed vehicles — See Ch. 255.
The Board of Trustees finds that public nuisances exist in the Village of Ossining in the operation of certain establishments and the use of property in flagrant violation of the Penal Laws relating to prostitution and related conduct, gambling, controlled substances, dangerous drugs, stolen property and laws relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, all of which substantially and seriously interfere with the interest of the public in the quality of life and total community environment, commerce in the Village, property values and the public health, safety and welfare. The Board of Trustees further find that the continued occurrence of such activities and violations is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Village of Ossining and of the businesses thereof and the visitors thereto. It is the purpose of the Board of Trustees to authorize and empower the Board of Police Commissioners to impose sanctions and penalties for such public nuisances and such powers of the Board of Police Commissioners may be exercised either in conjunction with, or apart from, the powers contained in the nuisance abatement law and other laws without prejudice to the use of procedures and remedies available under such laws. The Board of Trustees further finds that the sanctions and penalties imposed by the Board of Police Commissioners pursuant to this law constitutes an additional and appropriate method of law enforcement in response to the proliferation of the above-described public nuisances. The sanctions and penalties are reasonable and necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the people of the Village and to promote the general welfare.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONVICTION
Shall be defined and applied in accordance with the provisions of § 1.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law.
A. 
Any building, erection or place where violations of any of the provisions of Article 230 of the Penal Law are occurring and where two or more violations of such provisions which have resulted in two or more criminal convictions have occurred within the twelve-month period of time prior to the commencement of a proceeding pursuant to this chapter. It shall be prima facie evidence that violations are occurring where an arrest for a violation of any of the provisions of such article has been made within 30 days prior to the issuance of notice pursuant to § 182-3.
B. 
Any buildings erection or place where violations of any of the provisions of Article 220, 221 or 225 of the Penal Law are occurring and where two or more violations of such provisions which have resulted in two or more criminal convictions have occurred within the twelve-month period of time prior to the commencement of a proceeding pursuant to this chapter. It shall be prima facie evidence that violations are occurring where an arrest for a violation of any of the provisions of such articles has been made within thirty days prior to the issuance of notice pursuant to this chapter.
C. 
Any building, erection or place where violations of any of the unlawful activities set forth in § 123 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law are occurring and where two or more violations of such provisions which have resulted in two or more criminal convictions have occurred within the twelve-month period of time prior to the commencement of a proceeding pursuant to this chapter. It shall be prima facie evidence that violations are occurring where an arrest for a violation of any of the unlawful activities set forth in such section has been made within 30 days prior to the issuance of notice pursuant to this chapter.
D. 
Any building, erection or place where violations of any of the provisions of §§ 165.40, 165.45, 165.50, 170.70 or 175.10 of the Penal Law or § 415.a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law are occurring and where two or more violations of such provisions which have resulted in two or more criminal convictions have occurred within the twelve-month period of time prior to the commencement of a proceeding pursuant to this chapter. It shall be prima facie evidence that violations are occurring where an arrest for a violation of any of the provisions of such sections has been made within 30 days prior to the issuance of notice pursuant to this chapter.
In addition to the enforcement procedures set forth in this Code and any other law, the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee after notice and opportunity for a hearing shall be authorized:
A. 
To order the discontinuance of such activity at the building, erection or place where such public nuisance exists, and/or
B. 
To order the closing of the building, erection or place or any part thereof to the extent necessary to abate the nuisance.
A. 
Prior to the issuance of orders by the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee pursuant to § 182-3, the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee shall give notice and opportunity for a hearing to the owner, lessor, lessee and mortgagee of a building, erection or place wherein the public nuisance is being conducted, maintained or permitted. All notices required herein shall be given in the manner specified for personal service pursuant to Article 3 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. The person in whose name the real estate affected by the orders of the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee is recorded in the Office of the Village Assessor or the County Clerk, as the case may be, shall be presumed to be the owner thereof.
B. 
The lack of knowledge of, acquiescence or participation in or responsibility for a public nuisance on the part of the owners, lessors, lessees, mortgagees and all those persons in possession or having charge of as agent or otherwise or having any interest in the property, real or personal used in conducting or maintaining the public nuisance shall not be a defense by such owners, lessors and lessees, mortgagees and such other persons.
Orders of the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee issued pursuant to this chapter shall be posted at the building, erection or place where a public nuisance exists or is occurring in violation of law and shall be mailed to the owner of record thereof within one business day of the posting.
Five business days after the posting of an order issued pursuant to § 182-3 and upon the written directive of the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee, officers of the Department are authorized to act upon and enforce such orders.
A. 
Where the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee closes a building, erection or place pursuant to § 182-3B, such closing shall be for such period as the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee may direct, but in no event shall the closing be for a period of more than one year from the posting of the order pursuant to § 182-5. If the owner, lessor or lessee shall file a bond in an amount determined by the Board of Police Commissioners or it designee but which may not exceed the value of the property ordered to be closed and submit proof satisfactory to the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee that the nuisance has been abated and will not be created, maintained or permitted for such period of time as the building, erection or place has been directed to be closed by order of the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee, then the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee may vacate the provisions of the order that directs the closing of the building, erection or place.
B. 
A closing directed by the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee pursuant to § 182-3B  shall not constitute an act of possession, ownership or control by the Village of the closed premises.
A. 
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to use or occupy or to permit any other person to use or occupy any building, erection or place or portion thereof ordered closed by the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee. Mutilation or removal of a posted order of the Board of Police Commissioners shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both, provided that such order contains therein a notice of such penalty.
B. 
Intentional disobedience or resistance to any provision of the orders issued by the Board of Police Commissioners or its designee pursuant to this chapter, in addition to any other punishment prescribed by law, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.
The Board of Police Commissioners may promulgate rules and regulations to carry out and give full effect to the provisions of this chapter.