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Town of Catskill, NY
Greene County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Catskill 8-3-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Appearance tickets — See Ch. 5.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Town of Catskill Local Law Providing for a Halloween Curfew."
The Town of Catskill, Greene County, New York, has determined that a curfew is necessary during the Halloween weekend to further the public health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Catskill and to specifically further the following interests:
A. 
The reduction of criminal activity and vandalism by minors.
B. 
The protection of children and residents of the Town of Catskill on the streets during the nighttime hours.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases and words shall have the meanings given herein:
HALLOWEEN CURFEW
The curfew to be in effect the one day preceding Halloween, Halloween Day and the one day after Halloween Day.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 19 years of age.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any street, alley, highway or other public thoroughfare, sidewalk, park, playground or place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose in the town. A public place shall include but not be limited to any store, shop, restaurant, taverns, park, poolroom and any other place devoted to amusement or open to the general public. It shall also include the front or immediate area of the above.
[Amended 5-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999; 8-7-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
[Amended 5-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999; 8-7-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any minor to loiter, be idle, wander, play or otherwise remain in or upon any public place, including but not limited to public streets, parks, playgrounds, buildings, vacant lots or any other place open to the public in the Town of Catskill, Greene County, New York, Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day.
B. 
Halloween curfew established. On Halloween the curfew hours will be between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, Eastern Standard Time.
[Amended 5-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999; 8-7-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
The aforesaid curfew shall apply at all times except under the following circumstances:
A. 
When accompanied by a parent or guardian;
B. 
When the minor is on a specific business or activity directed or permitted by his parent or guardian, in writing, identifying the minor, the specific business or activity, the location or locations of such business or activity and the time when such business or activity shall end, and signed by such parent or guardian; or
C. 
When the presence of such minor is required in connection with some legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation.
[Amended 8-7-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
A. 
Any police or peace officer, upon finding a minor under the age of 17 in violation of § 95-4 of this chapter, shall ascertain the name and address of the minor and warn the minor that he or she is in violation of curfew and shall direct the minor to proceed at once to his or her home or usual place of abode. The police or peace officer shall report such action to the parents or guardian of the minor.
B. 
Any minor under the age of 17 who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter more than once shall be reported by the police or peace officer or his or her designee to the juvenile authorities as a person in need of supervision, and the police or peace officer or his or her designee may proceed to file or aid in the filing of such conduct to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
C. 
A minor under the age of 17 in violation of § 95-4 of this chapter, may be issued an appearance ticket for Local Justice Court, petitioned into Family Court or arrested.
D. 
Nothing set forth herein shall be deemed in any way to supersede, diminish or otherwise affect the enforceability of any other applicable law, rule or regulation, including but not limited to the Penal Law of the State of New York.
[Amended 8-7-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
Any person violating this chapter shall be fined not more than $250 and/or sentenced to not more than 15 days in jail and/or 20 hours of public service for each offense.