Village of Scotia, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Scotia 11-10-2004 by L.L. No. 10-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Mass gatherings —  See Ch. 169.
[Amended 12-8-2004 by L.L. No. 13-2004]
It is the intent of this chapter to protect the public, health, welfare and good order of the community. The protection and preservation of the home and residential privacy is recognized as having a significant governmental interest; that requires that members of the community enjoy in their homes and dwellings a feeling of well-being, tranquility, and privacy, and when absent from their homes and dwellings, carry with them the sense of security inherent in the assurance that they may return to the enjoyment of their homes and dwellings; further, that the practice of picketing before or about residences and dwellings causes emotional disturbance and distress to the occupants; and without resort to such practice, full opportunity exists and under the terms and provisions of this chapter to provide for the exercise of freedom of speech and other constitutional rights; and that the provisions hereinafter enacted are necessary for the public interest to avoid the detrimental results herein set forth. Further, there are substantial governmental interests in minimizing interference with pedestrian and traffic movement and in assuring pedestrian, traffic and public safety.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling of an individual in the Village of Scotia.
Nothing herein shall prohibit:
A person or group or persons from marching in a residential area without stopping at a particular residence or dwelling.
A person or group or persons from marching in a residential area on a defined route without stopping at any particular private residence.
[Added 12-8-2004 by L.L. No. 13-2004]
No person shall engage in, conduct, or carry on the activity of picketing in a group of 15 or more individuals without notifying the Village of Scotia Police Department in writing at least 48 hours in advance of such picketing. Written notice may be given to the Police Department in person, by mail, or by fax.
[Amended 1-26-2005 by L.L. No. 2-2005]
Such written notice shall contain all of the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the written notice.
The name, address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization, if any, and of the organizer or responsible head of such organization by whom or on whose behalf the picket is proposed to be conducted.
The name, address and telephone number of the contact person or responsible person at the picketing site.
The location and date of the proposed picketing and route to be traveled.
An estimate of the approximate number of persons who will be participating in the picketing.
The approximate time at which the picketing will commence and conclude.
Before a person may be arrested or cited for violating a provision of this chapter, the person must have been ordered by a police officer to move, disperse, or otherwise remedy the violation.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.