Village of East Rockaway, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Rockaway as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 101.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 147.
Noise — See Ch. 194.
[Adopted 8-13-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Article I, Alarm Systems, adopted 8-12-1974 by L.L. No. 3-1974, as amended.
The purpose of this article is to establish standards and controls of the various types of fire, intrusion, holdup and other emergency signals from fire and police alarm devices that require fire department or police response, investigation or safeguarding of property at the location of an event reported by a signal which is transmitted by telephone or radio or which is otherwise relayed to the police or Fire Department by an alarm device requiring investigation or other action by any person acting in response to a signal actuated by an alarm device, including such devices already in use within the village.
This article shall exclude from its regulations any devices that are not connected either to central alarm stations or to fire and police stations.
For the purpose of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
ALARM AGENT
Any person, who is employed by any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity that is licensed hereunder to conduct the business of owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling fire or police alarm devices, whose duties include any of the following: selling maintaining, leasing, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing in or on any building, place or premises any fire or police alarm device as defined in this article, within the Village of East Rockaway.
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any fire or police alarm device or aggregation of fire or police alarm devices installed on or within a single building or on or within more than one building or area adjacently located on a common site, at a specific location.
BUSINESS LICENSEE
Any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity which is in the business of owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling a fire or police alarm device or devices, or system of fire or police alarm devices, which business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity is, as owner, operator, provider of maintenance service, installer, lessor or seller of said device, devices or system of devices, subject to the license requirements of this article.
CENTRAL ALARM STATION
Any facility operated by a private firm that owns or leases a system of fire or police alarm devices, which facility is manned by operators who receive, record or validate alarm signals and relay information about such validated signals to the police or Fire Department when appropriate.
DIAL ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device, which is a telephone device or telephone attachment, that automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station or police precinct or headquarters or Fire Department headquarters and reproduces a prerecorded message to report a criminal act or other emergency requiring police or Fire Department response.
DIRECT ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device connected directly, by leased telephone wires, from a specific location to police precinct or headquarters or Fire Department headquarters.
EMERGENCY ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device designed to be actuated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency at a specific location or by a victim of a holdup, robbery or other emergency or criminal act at a specific location.
FALSE EMERGENCY ALARM
Any signal actuated by an emergency alarm to which the police or Fire Department respond, which is not the result of a fire, holdup, robbery or other crime or emergency.
FIRE OR POLICE ALARM DEVICE
Any device which, when actuated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency requiring police or Fire Department response, transmits a prerecorded message or other signal by telephone, radio or other means to a central alarm station or directly to the police or Fire Department.
INTRUSION
Any entry into an area or building equipped with one or more police alarm devices by any person or object whose entry actuates a police alarm device.
POLICE HEADQUARTERS
Police headquarters and other enclosures housing privately or publicly owned equipment serving the police or Fire Department.
It shall be unlawful for any person, business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity to operate, maintain, install, lease or sell a fire or police alarm device or devices or system of fire or police alarm devices, as defined by the terms of this article, without first obtaining a license as hereinafter provided.
A. 
All fire or police alarm devices installed in business, residential or commercial locations within the Village of East Rockaway shall conform to the requirements and regulations of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office and/or Nassau County Police Department. The owners of the property of said locations where fire or police alarm devices were installed, or the lessees thereof, shall obtain and maintain in full force and effect a license for said device from either the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office and/or Nassau County Police Department. A copy of the license shall be filed in the office of the East Rockaway Village Clerk.
B. 
All business licensees and alarm agents who do business within the Village of East Rockaway shall conform to the requirements and regulations of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office and/or Nassau County Police Department. All business licensees and alarm agents who do business within the Village of East Rockaway shall file a copy of their license within the office of the East Rockaway Village Clerk.
All presently existing fire or police alarm devices and systems of fire or police alarm devices, and present owners and lessees of premises having such devices or systems, must comply with all provisions of this article within 90 days of adoption.
Every business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity conducting the business of owning, operating, installing, leasing or selling fire or police alarm devices within the Village of East Rockaway shall maintain complete and accurate records of all installations of alarm systems in the Village, and same shall be available to any village official upon demand.
No fire or police alarm device shall be connected to or use any telephone line connected to the police precinct or headquarters, except those lines authorized pursuant to the requirements and regulations of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office and/or Nassau County Police Department.
It shall be a violation of this article to intentionally cause a false holdup alarm, and any person who does intentionally cause a false holdup alarm shall be issued an appearance ticket pursuant to provisions herein and shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
Any owner or lessee of property having a fire or police alarm device on his or its property shall be issued an appearance ticket pursuant to the provisions herein for each false emergency alarm and shall be subject to the penalty provisions herein.
The installation and maintenance of fire or police alarm devices permitted by this article, including the connection to the police precinct or headquarters or fire headquarters, shall be made at no cost to the village. The owner or lessee shall be responsible for the maintenance and service of his or its fire or police alarm device equipment and shall be responsible for all malfunctions of his or its equipment.
If the location of the police precinct or headquarters or fire headquarters should be changed at any time, the village shall not be responsible for any expense incurred by the owner or lessee or business licensee or alarm agent for moving alarm systems or reconnecting such systems to the relocated police precinct or headquarters or fire headquarters.
All personnel designated in the Village of East Rockaway to enforce village ordinances shall have full authority to enforce the provisions of this article.
A. 
Intentional false alarms. Any person committing an intentional false alarm shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
False alarms.
(1) 
Any person committing a false alarm shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine according to the following schedule:
(a) 
First false alarm in twenty-four-month period: fine not to exceed $250;
(b) 
Each additional false alarm in a twenty-four-month period: fine not to exceed $1,000; or
(c) 
By imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(2) 
Each individual false alarm shall be a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
(3) 
The twenty-four-month period herein shall be measured from the date of the false alarm backward for a period of 24 months. The twenty-four-month period shall not precede the adoption of the revision adoption date.
[Adopted 5-10-1982 by L.L. No. 3-1982]
A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of all new and existing buildings located within the Village of East Rockaway, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, which have facilities for three or more occupied dwelling units or commercial establishments having facilities for the overnight occupancy by three or more persons, such as but not limited to motels, hotels, nursing homes and rooming houses, to install smoke detectors in each such dwelling unit or accommodation as hereinafter provided. Said smoke detectors shall be capable of sensing visible or invisible particles of combustion and providing a suitable audible alarm thereof. Further, they shall be installed not later than December 31, 1982, in the manner hereinafter provided, unless any other provision of county, state or federal law shall require installation before that date.
B. 
Failure to install smoke detectors as and where required by said date will subject the property owner to the penalties set forth hereinafter.
At least one smoke detector shall be installed to protect each sleeping area. A "sleeping area" is defined as the area or areas of the family living unit in which the bedrooms or sleeping rooms are located. Where bedrooms or rooms ordinarily used for "sleeping areas" are separated by other used areas, such as kitchens or living rooms but not bathroom or closets, they shall be considered as separate "sleeping areas" for the purpose of this section. In commercial establishments, each separate room used as a "sleeping area" shall be considered a separate "sleeping area."
At least one smoke detector shall be installed at the head (top) of each stairway or passageway leading up or to an occupied area in such a manner as to assure that rising smoke is not obstructed in reaching the detector and that the detector intercepts rising smoke before it reaches the sleeping area.
As an alternative to self-contained smoke detectors, an approved fire detection system may be installed. Each fire detection system must be individually approved and a permit issued therefor by the Building Department of the Village of East Rockaway.
All devices, combinations of devices and equipment required herein are to be installed in conformance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and this article and approved by the Bureau of Fire Prevention and listed by said Bureau for the purpose for which they are intended. Said list may be subsequently amended by the Bureau of Fire Prevention as necessary. Such approval shall be permanent unless the Board subsequently finds that the equipment is hazardous or unreliable, in which case the Bureau may suspend or revoke approval. The Bureau may in any such case determine whether replacement of existing installations shall be required. Transfer to the inactive list shall not affect equipment approval.
In new residential dwellings, smoke detectors shall be wired directly (hard wired) to the building's power supply. In existing dwellings within multifamily dwellings of 10 units or more, the detectors shall meet the multifamily building power source requirements of state law or, in the absence of state law, the requirements hereunder covering other existing dwellings. In other existing dwellings, it is preferred that smoke detectors be wired directly to the power supply. However, said detectors may be powered by a self-monitored battery or operated in a plug-in outlet which is fitted with a plug restrainer device, provided that the outlet is not controlled by any switch other than the main power supply.
Every detector or system installed or maintained under this article shall have an adequate power source for proper operation and lack of the same shall constitute a violation of this article.
No smoke detector or alternative system shall be directly connected (permanently wired) to the electrical system of the structure unless an inspection and approval of such electrical installation shall be obtained from the New York Board of Fire Underwriters, and a certificate of such inspection and approval shall be filed with the Building Department of the Village of East Rockaway.
This article is intended to be used with and supplemented by the applicable provisions of any state, municipal or village code or ordinance.
All personnel designated in the Village of East Rockaway to enforce village ordinances shall have full authority to enforce the provisions of this article.
[Amended 8-10-1987 by L.L. No. 4-1987]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction therefor, be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or to imprisonment for 15 days, or both. Each day a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.