[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Watervliet 2-15-1996 as Ord. No. 1635. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City Council hereby finds that crimes are committed from time to time within the City of Watervliet by parolees released from penal institutions and reformatories located within and without the State of New York; that the presence of such persons within the City of Watervliet is discovered usually after the commission of crimes; that for the better maintenance or order, enforcement of the laws, prevention of crime and preservation and care of the safety, health, comfort, property and general welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Watervliet, the Chief of Police should be made aware of the presence of such persons within the City of Watervliet. It is hereby found and declared, therefore, as a matter of legislative determination, that all parolees from penal institutions and reformatories located within and without the State of New York and who are now within the City of Watervliet and those hereafter coming within the City of Watervliet should immediately report to the Chief of Police for identification and registration. This chapter is declared to be a measure designed to prevent crime, to protect and preserve good order, enforce the laws, protect and preserve and care for the safety, health and comfort and general welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Watervliet and visitors thereto.
All parolees released from any penal institution or reformatory located within or without the State of New York and who are now within the City of Watervliet and such as shall hereafter come within the City of Watervliet shall immediately identify themselves to and shall register with the Chief of Police of Watervliet and shall give him such information as he shall require to enable him to identify such person, including the name or names by which known, past and future addresses, name of the last penal institution or reformatory from which paroled and the crime or crimes for which he was last confined or committed.
The Chief of Police shall have the power and authority to communicate with the proper authorities of each state and the federal government to obtain such information as he shall deem necessary, in furtherance of the purposes and declarations of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to parolees adjudicated as youthful offenders or convicted for misdemeanors.
A violation of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor, and punishment therefor shall be as prescribed for misdemeanors in the Penal Law of the State of New York.