[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rochester City Council as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Licenses for business and trades — See Ch. 68.
[Adopted 6-24-1958, effective 9-1-1958; amended in its entirety 6-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-215]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Bingo License Law."
The terms used in this article shall have the same definitions as set forth in Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law.
It shall be lawful for any organization, upon obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided, to conduct the game of bingo within the territorial limits of the City of Rochester, subject to the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law and the provisions of the Bingo Control Law.
[Amended 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-155]
The City Clerk, with the assistance of the Chief of Police and the Internal Auditor, shall exercise the authority granted in Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law with respect to the issuance, amendment and cancellation of bingo licenses and the conduct of necessary hearings. The City Clerk, the Chief of Police and the Internal Auditor shall exercise the authority granted in said Article to conduct investigations, examine books and records and supervise the operation of bingo games in the City. The City Clerk is hereby authorized to accept bingo license applications and to collect and transmit fees relating to bingo games.
Games of bingo may be conducted within the City of Rochester on the first day of the week, commonly known and designated as "Sunday."
If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall be adjudged unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this chapter or the application thereof to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby, and the Council hereby declares that it would have enacted this chapter without the invalid provisions or application, as the ease may be, had such invalidity been apparent.
This article shall not become operative or effective unless and until it shall have been approved by a majority of the qualified electors of the City of Rochester voting on a proposition which shall state: "Shall the ordinance adopted June 24, 1958, by the Council of the City of Rochester which authorizes the conduct of bingo games within the City of Rochester be approved?"
In the event that such proposition is approved as aforesaid, this article shall take effect on September 1, 1958.
[Adopted 8-14-1979 by Ord. No. 79-442]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was approved by referendum at the general election held 11-6-1979.
Authorized organizations may, upon obtaining a license in accordance with this section, conduct games of chance within the City of Rochester as provided in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and as provided in this section. Such games of chance shall be conducted in accordance with Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and with the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and with this section. The provisions of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, together with any amendments thereto, shall be deemed to be incorporated in this section.
Games of chance may be conducted on Sunday between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight, except that no games of chance shall be conducted on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
The Rochester Police Department shall exercise control over and supervision of all games of chance. The Chief of Police shall review all applications for licenses and make recommendations concerning such applications to the City Clerk.