[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Elmira Heights 9-9-1988 as L.L. No. 1-1988. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This local law was submitted to the people by reason of a mandatory referendum and received the affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon at a general election held on 11-8-1988.
This chapter shall be known and be cited as a "Local Law Authorizing the Conduct of Games of Chance by Certain Organizations."
The Village Board hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, education, scientific, health, religious and patriotic causes and undertakings where the beneficiaries are undetermined may be in the best public interest.
The words and terms used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as such words and terms as are defined in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended.
Editor's Note: Original Secs. 12.4, Authorized games of chance; 12.5, Authorized Organization; 12.6, Licensing; 12.7, Issuance of License; 12.8, Hearing; amendment of license; and 12.9, Form and content of license and display, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
Games of chance may not be conducted on Sunday pursuant to this chapter. When games of chance are held on Saturday, all activity concerning the games of chance shall terminate at 12:00 midnight Saturday. Notwithstanding the above, no games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
No game or games of chance shall be conducted under any license issued under this chapter more often than 12 times in any calendar year. No particular premises shall be used for the conduct of games of chance on more than 24 license periods during any one calendar year. Games shall be conducted only between the hours of noon and midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Friday and 2:00 a.m. Saturday, and only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Saturday and 12:00 midnight Saturday. The 2:00 a.m. closing period shall also apply to a legal holiday.
The above restrictions shall not apply when only the games of chance known as the "bell jar" is conducted.
Editor's Note: Original Secs. 12.11, Restrictions; 12.12, Control and supervision of licenses; inspection of premises; 12.13, Charge for admission and participation; amount of prizes; award of prizes; 12.14, Statement of receipts, expenses; additional license fees; 12.15, Advertising games; 12.16, Service of alcoholic beverages; 12.17, Powers and duties of Board; and 12.18, Offenses; forfeiture of license; ineligibility to apply for license, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. See Art. 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
All games of chance in the village will be subject to the provisions of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
No person shall operate any game of chance and no game of chance shall be conducted with any equipment except as authorized by § 195-c of the General Municipal Law.
The Police Department of the Village of Elmira Heights shall be required to exercise control over all games of chance conducted under duly authorized licenses. Said Police Department shall have all these powers and duties set forth in and for the enforcement of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
This chapter shall be applicable to all territory within the limits of the Village of Elmira Heights.