[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Suffern 9-26-1977 by L.L. No. 11-1977. Section 185-4 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees has become aware of the increased incidents of acts of vandalism, criminal mischief and similar offenses perpetrated by minors. It is believed that increased parental responsibility for the actions of their children and wards is essential for the effective prevention and control of such juvenile offenses. Therefore, this chapter is promulgated to provide means for alleviating this problem and to ensure the safety of the property of the residents and taxpayers of the Village of Suffern.
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified have the meanings ascribed to them:
- LEGAL GUARDIAN
- A person appointed guardian or given custody of a minor by a court of this state.
- A person who is above the age of eight years but not yet 18 years of age.
The parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor residing with such parent or legal guardian shall be presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to have failed to exercise proper parental responsibility and said minor shall be deemed to have committed the acts described below with the knowledge and permission of the parent or guardian, in violation of this chapter, upon the occurrence of the events described in Subsections A, B and C below:
An unemancipated minor residing with said parent or legal guardian shall be adjudicated to be in violation of any state or Village ordinance, local law, law or statute prohibiting willful and malicious acts causing injury to property within the Village of Suffern.
Said parent or legal guardian shall have received a written notice of such adjudication, either by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, from the court having jurisdiction of the matter or by personal service, with a certificate of personal service returned from the Police Department of the Village of Suffern following said adjudication.