City of Schenectady, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986]

§ 1-1 Legislative intent.

The local laws, ordinances and resolutions of the City of Schenectady shall be known collectively as the "Code of the City of Schenectady," hereafter termed the "Code," and the various parts and sections of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions shall be as distributed and designated in the Code of the City of Schenectady.

§ 1-2 Continuation of existing provisions.

A. 
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of local laws, ordinances and resolutions in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this local law, as distributed and renumbered, are intended as a continuation of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior local law, ordinance or resolution. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Council of the City of Schenectady, and it is the intention of said Council that each such provision contained within the Code is hereby reaffirmed as it appears in said Code. Only such provisions of former local laws, ordinances and resolutions as are omitted from this Code shall be deemed repealed or abrogated by the provisions of § 1-3 below.
B. 
In compiling and preparing the local laws, ordinances and certain resolutions of the City for publication as the Code of the City of Schenectady, no changes in the meaning or intent of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions have been made.

§ 1-3 Repeal of local laws and ordinances not contained in Code.

All local laws and ordinances of a general and permanent nature heretofore adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady and in force on the date of the adoption of this local law and not included in the Code are hereby repealed as of the effective date of this local law, except as hereinafter provided.

§ 1-4 Local laws and ordinances saved from repeal; matters not affected by repeal.

The repeal of local laws and ordinances provided for in § 1-3 of this local law shall not affect the following classes of local laws, ordinances, resolutions, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any local law, ordinance or resolution adopted subsequent to December 30, 1984.
B. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision of the City prior to the effective date of this local law, or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
C. 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this local law in violation of any legislative provision of the City, or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
D. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending, or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this local law, brought pursuant to any legislative provision of the City.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred by the City.
F. 
Any local law, ordinance or resolution of the City providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place within the City, or any portion thereof.
G. 
Any ordinance or resolution of the City appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond of the City or other instruments or evidence of the City's indebtedness.
H. 
Local laws, ordinances or resolutions authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property, or any lawful contract or obligation.
I. 
The levy or imposition of special assessments or charges.
J. 
The dedication of property.
K. 
Any local law, ordinance or resolution relating to salaries and employee benefits.
L. 
Any rules, regulations, standards or specifications referred to or authorized to be adopted by any local law, ordinance or resolution included in the Code.
M. 
Any of the following: Res. No. 78-11, adopted 1-16-1978 relating to the Agency for urban redevelopment; Article II, Secs. 8-12 through 8-14 of Ch. 2 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274 relating to fire limits; Sec. 8-48 of Ch. 8 of the Former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274, relating to moving permits; Article II, Divisions 1 and 2 of Ch. 11 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274, pertaining to fire hazards, combustibles and explosives; Sec. 18-21 of Chapter 18 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274, relating to dumping; Sec. 24-6 of Ch. 24 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274; as amended through Ord. No. 84-35, adopted 7-16-1984, relating to rates for sewer service outside City limits, Sec. 28-97 of Chapter 28 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 as Ord. No. 15274, pertaining to the sale of abandoned vehicles; Sec. 19-94 of Chapter 19 of the Former Revised Ordinances adopted 2-22-1981 as Ord. No. 81-02 pertaining to identification cards for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

§ 1-5 Effect on previously adopted legislation; amendments.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the local laws, ordinances and certain resolutions for adoption and revision as part of the Code, certain grammatical changes and other minor changes were made in one or more of said pieces of legislation. It is the intention of the Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the legislation so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this local law. (Chapter and section number references are to the legislation as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note:  Pursuant to § 1-5B, the following revisions are made. A complete description of these changes is on file in the office of the City Clerk. The following sections are added or amended: §§ 6-4C and F, 6-5A(1), 6-7A, 6-8A, 6-12, 6-136, 9-6C(1)(f), (4) and (5), 9-7A and E, 23-3, 29-8, 42-1, 42-2, 42-5, 42-7, 42-8, 48-6, 48-7B, 51-4, 60-5D, 60-7, 62-1, 64-1B, 68-2, 68-3, 68-4C, 82-2, 82-9, 86-2, 86-5, 87-1, 87-2, 87-4, 87-8A and B(2)(b) and (d), 87-11B, 87-12, 87-13C and I, 87-14, 87-19, 87-23, 87-25, 87-29B, C and G, 87-30, 87-38, 90-1, 90-2, 90-3, 90-4C and F, 91-4, 91-5, 91-8, 92-6A, 92-7A(1), 95-1, 95-2, 95-5, 95-6, 115-10, 121-7A, 124-8, 124-9, 124-11, 128-6A, 135-1, 135-2, 135-3, 135-10, 138-3, 138-8B, 138-15A, 138-16, 138-19A, 138-26A, 138-31B and C, 138-33, 138-34A and E, 138-39, 138-43 138-44, 138-47, 138-51, 138-52, 138-53, 138-54, 138-55A, 138-56A and E, 138-58A, 138-62A(1), 138-63, 138-65, 138-67, 138-70, 138-71, 138-72, 138-87, 138-94, 138-95, 147-4A, 147-5, 151-7, 151-12, 156-10, 156-11, 159-5A, 163-7, 165-1, 167-1, 167-6, 167-8, 167-10A, 167-11A, 167-13B, 167-14A, 167-16A and D, 167-17B, 167-19D and E, 167-20C and D, 167-22C(1) and (3), 167-26D, 167-31D, 167-41C(2), 170-2, 186-16, 186-23, 186-40, 192-3, 201-2, 201-12, 203-11, 214-14, 219-2, 228-9, 228-16, 228-24A, 228-25E, 228-27, 228-39, 228-44, 228-65, 236-34A, 236-37, 236-40, 236-41, 236-44, 248-18, 248-23A, 248-37C, 248-69A, 248-76, 248-85, 255-7C, 255-10, 255-13, 255-21D, 255-39C, 255-61, 255-73, 260-1, 260-2, 260-10B, 260-13B and 264-116. The following chapters are added or amended: Chs. 14, 18, 39 and 109. The following sections of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 by Ord. No. 15274, are hereby deleted: Secs. 2-63, 2-91, 2-100, 2-122, 2-150, 2-211, 2-244, 8-25, 8-40, portions of 8-52, 8-56(b), 8-57(b), 8-99(a)(1), 16-2(b), 18-15(a), 19-40, 19-53, 19-94, 19-95, 19-96, 19-97, 24-5, 26-42, 28-97, 28-118, 28-128, 28-133B, 28-135, 28-179, 28-180, 31-7(d), and 31-85. In addition, former Sec. 3 of Ord. No. 82-72, adopted 7-6-1982, is also hereby deleted.

§ 1-6 Filing of copies of Code.

A copy of the Code of the City of Schenectady, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Schenectady and shall remain there for the use of and examination by the public until final action is taken on this local law; and if this local law shall be adopted, such copies shall be certified to by the City Clerk of the City of Schenectady, and such certified copies shall remain on file in the office of said City Clerk, to be made available to persons desiring to examine same during all times while said Code is in effect.

§ 1-7 Amendments to Code

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the local laws, ordinances and resolutions known collectively as the "Code of the City of Schenectady," or any new local laws, ordinances or resolutions, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Council to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code of the City of Schenectady shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code of the City of Schenectady be enacted or adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code as amendments and supplements thereto. Nothing contained in this local law shall affect the status of any local law, ordinance or resolution contained herein, and such local laws, ordinances, or resolutions may be amended, deleted or changed from time to time as the Council deems desirable.

§ 1-8 Code book to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk, or someone authorized and directed by the City Clerk, to keep up-to-date the certified copies of the book containing the Code of the City of Schenectady required to be filed in the office of the City Clerk for the use of the public. All changes in said Code and all local laws, ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Council subsequent to the enactment of this local law, in such form as to indicate the intention of said Council to be a part of said Code, shall, when finally enacted or adopted, be included therein by temporary attachment of copies of such changes or local laws or resolutions until such changes or local laws, ordinances or resolutions are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.

§ 1-9 Sale of Code book; supplementation.

Copies of the Code book containing the Code of the City of Schenectady may be purchased from the City Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Council, which may also arrange by resolution for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.

§ 1-10 Publication; filing.

The City Clerk of the City of Schenectady, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required, a notice of the introduction and enactment of this local law in the official newspaper of the City. A copy of the Code of the City of Schenectady shall be maintained in the office of the City Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and application of this local law, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.

§ 1-11 Tampering with Code; penalties.

Any person who, without authorization from the City Clerk, changes or amends, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code of the City of Schenectady, or who alters or tampers with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the legislation of the City to be misrepresented thereby, or who violates any other provision of this local law shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

§ 1-12 Severability.

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part of this local law, or of any local law, ordinance or resolution incorporated into the Code hereafter, shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, Article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

§ 1-13 Incorporation of provisions into Code.

The provisions of this local law are hereby made Chapter 1, Article I, of the Code of the City of Schenectady, to be entitled "Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, Adoption of Code," and the sections of this local law shall be numbered §§ 1-1 to 1-14, inclusive.

§ 1-14 When effective.

This local law shall take effect as provided by law upon filing with the Secretary of State of New York.

§ 1-14.1 General penalty; surcharge; continuing violations.

[Added 5-30-1989 by Ord. No. 89-45; amended 11-28-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-20]
A. 
Penalty and surcharge.
(1) 
Whenever in this Code or in any ordinance or resolution of the City any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be a violation, unlawful or an offense, or whenever in such Code, ordinance or resolution the doing of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, where no specific penalty is provided therefor, the violation of any such provision of this Code or any ordinance or resolution shall constitute a violation and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days for each day in violation, or both, or by a civil penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $500 to be recovered by the City in a civil action. Each day any violation of any provision of this Code or of any such ordinance or resolution shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
(2) 
In the case of a misdemeanor, unclassified or otherwise, there will be imposed a mandatory surcharge of $175 in addition to any fine or penalty imposed. For a violation or offense under the Code of the City of Schenectady, the mandatory surcharge will be $95.
B. 
In addition to the penalty hereinabove provided, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this Code or any such ordinance or resolution shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be abated by the City as provided by law, and each day that such condition continues shall be regarded as a new and separate offense.
[Adopted 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]

§ 1-15 Numbering system.

In conjunction with the codification of the Charter and Related Legislation, local laws, ordinances and pertinent legislation of the City of Schenectady, the numbering system used in the Charter and Related Legislation has been changed to a system which parallels the numbering to be used in the Code of the City of Schenectady. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the City Council that the new numbering system be ratified.

§ 1-16 Substantive changes and revisions.

In conjunction with the codification of the Charter and Related Legislation, local laws, ordinances and pertinent resolutions of the City of Schenectady, certain changes have been made to the Charter and Related Legislation as follows:[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Pursuant to § 1-16, the following revisions are made to the Charter and Related Legislation. A complete description of these changes is on file in the office of the City Clerk. The following sections are amended: C4-1A, C and F, C4-4, C4-5, C4-12, C7-1 and C7-2. The following former sections are omitted and thus repealed: in Subpart A, Secs. 130, 131, 134, 135, 140, 141, 142, 145, 190, 193, 194, 227, 228, 229 and 230; in Subpart B, Secs. 1.6, 1.8. 8-11, 8-13 through 8-25, 8-43 and 8-45. The following sections were not included in the Charter, but are hereby saved from repeal: Secs. 4.5, 4.6. 4.12 through 4.20 and 13.1 through 13.6.

§ 1-17 Other nonsubstantive changes.

Also in conjunction with the codification of the Charter and Related Legislation, local laws, ordinances and pertinent resolutions, certain nonsubstantive changes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. have been made. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the City Council that said nonsubstantive changes be ratified.