[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George 4-6-1981 by L.L. No. 3-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the terms of Article 9-A (games of chance) and Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, the applicable terms of which are incorporated herein by reference, authorized organizations may, upon obtaining a license therefor from the Village of Lake George, conduct bingo games or games of chance for any lawful purpose, in accordance with the general state law and with the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and this chapter, as the same may be amended from time to time.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
- Includes any bona fide religious or charitable organization or bona fide educational, fraternal or service organization or bona fide organization of veterans or volunteer firemen which, by its charter, certificate of incorporation, constitution or act of the Legislature, shall have among its dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this chapter, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this chapter for a period of three years immediately prior to applying for a license under . No organization shall be deemed an "authorized organization" which is formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance and which does not devote at least 75% of its activities to other than conducting games of chance. No political party shall be deemed an authorized organization.
- Includes a specific game of chance, commonly known as "bingo" and "lotto," in which prizes are awarded on basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- Includes only the games known as "merchandise wheels" and such other specific games as may be authorized by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors or symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly known as "bingo" or "lotto" which are controlled under Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law and also not including "slot machines," "bookmaking," "policy or numbers games" and "lottery" as defined in § 225.00 of the Penal Law. No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by one player against another player.
- LAWFUL PURPOSES
- One or more of the following causes, deeds or activities:
Those which shall benefit needy or deserving persons, indefinite in number, by enhancing their opportunity for religious or educational advancement by relieving them from disease, suffering or distress or by contributing to their physical well-being, by assisting them in establishing themselves in life as worthy and useful citizens or by increasing their comprehension of and devotion to the principles upon which this nation was formed and by enhancing their loyalty to their governments.
Those which shall initiate, perform or foster worthy public works or shall enable or further the erection or maintenance of public structures.
Those which shall otherwise lessen the burdens borne by government or which are voluntarily undertaken by an authorized organization to augment or supplement services which government would normally render to the people.
This chapter is subject to approval by a mandatory referendum and shall take effect immediately upon its approval by a majority of the electors, voting on a proposition authorizing this chapter submitted to a general or special election held within such municipality, who are qualified to vote for officers of such municipality.
Editor's Note: This local law was approved by a majority of the qualified voters at a special election held 6-9-1981.