[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sea Cliff 9-17-1979 by L.L. No. 14-1979, effective 10-15-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Beaches, parks and public areas — See Ch. 43.
Refuse and cesspool waste — See Ch. 71.
Health and safety — See Ch. 78.
Littering — See Ch. 81.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 110.
Temporary habitation — See Ch. 119.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 125.
Outside storage and repair of vehicles, trailers and boats — See Ch. 128.
Zoning — See Ch. 138.
This chapter summarizes pertinent provisions of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles which should be consulted for further clarification and guidance.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Abandoned Vehicles Law of the Incorporated Village of Sea Cliff."
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle left unattended:
- A. With no number plates affixed thereto for more than six hours on any highway or other public place;
- B. For more than 24 hours on any highway or other public place, except a portion of a highway or public place on which parking is legally permitted;
- C. For more than 48 hours, after the parking of such vehicle shall have become illegal if left on a portion of a highway or public place on which parking is legally permitted; or
- D. For more than 96 hours on property of another if left without permission of the owner of such property.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- A mechanical device for the conveyance of people, animals, materials or any combination thereof, operated or driven upon a public highway by any power other than muscular power. 
- A motor vehicle, q.v.
The disposition of abandoned vehicles shall he in accordance with the Laws of the State of New York and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. For purposes of this chapter, such laws and regulations provide as follows:
Title to abandoned vehicles having no number plates affixed, and with a wholesale value of less than $250 shall vest immediately in the Village.
In the case of all other vehicles, inquiry shall be made to determine the last owner of the vehicle. Notice shall be given to such owner, in accordance with the Regulations of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, that the vehicle will be sold at public auction after 10 days from the date of notice if it remains unclaimed. Ownership of unclaimed abandoned vehicles shall vest in the Village 10 days from the date such notice is given. However, if the last owner cannot be determined, ownership shall vest in the Village when that fact is ascertained.
The Village shall determine if such vehicle, in which title has vested, is suitable for operation on the public highways.
If suitable for such operation, the Village shall either sell the vehicle at public auction to the highest bidder or may convert in any calendar year up to 1% or 2% of such vehicles to its own use, whichever is greater.
An abandoned vehicle without a vehicle identification number plate may only be disposed of by sale to a vehicle dismantler or scrap processor qualified as noted above, unless the Village applies for and receives a replacement vehicle identification number plate.
Proceeds from the sale of abandoned vehicles, less any expenses incurred by the Village, shall be held without interest by the Village for a period of five years, for the benefit of the owner of such vehicle. If not claimed within such five-year period, such proceeds shall be paid into the general fund of the Village.
The last owner of an abandoned vehicle shall be liable to the Village for the costs of removal and storage of such vehicle.
Penalties for violations of laws and regulations regarding abandoned vehicles shall be as set forth in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.