[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Henrietta 9-7-1977; amended in its entirety 6-20-2001 by L.L. No. 3-2001. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo — See Ch. 35.
This chapter shall be known as the "Town of Henrietta Games of Chance Licensing Law."
This chapter is subject and subordinate to all the conditions and provisions contained in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, and amendments thereto, and any and all rules and regulations and opinions adopted or to be adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
The Town Board finds the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, educational, scientific, health, religious, patriotic and other worthy causes, and where the beneficiaries are undetermined, to be in the public interest and that the mandate of § 9 of Article 1 of the State Constitution, as amended, should be carried out by rigid regulations to prevent commercialized gambling, prevent participation by criminal and other undesirable elements and prevent the diversion of funds from the purposes herein authorized.
It shall be lawful for any authorized organization, as defined in § 186 of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, upon obtaining the required license, to conduct games of chance within the territorial limits of the Town of Henrietta, subject to the provisions of this chapter, Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and any amendments thereto and the following restrictions.
The Town Clerk is hereby delegated the authority granted to the Town Board by the New York State Games of Chance Licensing Law, Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, in relation to the issuance, amendment and cancellation of licenses, the conduct of investigations and hearings and the collection and transmission of fees.
The conduct of games of chance in the Town of Henrietta shall be subject to the requirements of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
The conduct of games of chance on Sundays is only permitted when it is specifically provided for in the license issued. No games, however, shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The unauthorized conduct of a game of chance and any willful violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
The provisions of this chapter shall remain inoperative in the Town of Henrietta unless and until a proposition therefor submitted at a general election in the Town of Henrietta shall be approved by a vote of the majority of the qualified electors in such municipality voting thereon. Upon approval by said electors, this chapter shall be effective on the first day of January next succeeding said election.
Editor's Note: The games of chance proposition was approved at the general election held 11-8-1977.
This chapter may be amended from time to time or repealed by the Town Board of the Town of Henrietta by a two-thirds vote of such Town Board, and such amendment or repeal, as the case may be, may be made effective and operative not earlier than 30 days following the date of enactment of the ordinance effecting such amendment or repeal, as the case may be, and the approval of a majority of the electors of the Town of Henrietta shall not be a condition prerequisite to the taking effect of such ordinance.