City of Port Jervis, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Port Jervis 7-27-1964as part of Ch. 16, Art. VI, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances (Ch. 115 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Auctions and auctioneers — See Ch. 220.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 403.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
PAWNBROKER
Any person or member of a firm or corporation who shall loan money on deposit or pledge of personal property other than earnings, securities or evidences of indebtedness.
No person shall carry on the business of a pawnbroker within the City without having procured a license as required by the terms of this chapter.
[Amended 7-27-1992 by L.L. No. 5-1992; 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
The Common Council of the City of Port Jervis may grant to any person who shall produce satisfactory evidence of good character a license to carry on the business of pawnbroker within said City upon payment of the sum as provided in § 41 of the General Business Law and the execution of a bond to the City in the penal sum as provided in § 41 of the General Business Law, with sureties to be approved by the Common Council, conditioned for the faithful observance of the ordinances of said City then in force or thereafter enacted relating to pawnbrokers and the payment of all damages incurred as such pawnbroker. Every license shall expire at the end of the calendar year in which it is issued and may be renewed on application to the Common Council each and every year in January of each calendar year on the payment of the same sum and upon performance of the other conditions contained in this chapter.
If any person shall be damaged by the misconduct of any licensed pawnbroker and shall recover judgment against him therefor, such person, after the return unsatisfied, either in whole or in part, of any execution issued upon a judgment, may maintain an action in his own name and upon the bond of said pawnbroker in any court having jurisdiction of the amount claimed, provided that said court shall, upon application made for that purpose, grant such leave to prosecute.
[Amended 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
Should application for any pawnbroker's license be made after the first day of August in any year, the Common Council may, in its discretion, issue such license upon payment of 1/2 of the amount at which such license may be issued for a full year and upon the execution and delivery of the bond as provided in § 394-3.
[Amended 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
The City Clerk-Treasurer shall receive all moneys paid for pawnbroker licenses granted hereunder and report to the Common Council at each regular meeting the licenses granted during the preceding month and the amounts received therefore.
[Amended 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
Every license granted hereunder shall designate the building in which the licensee shall be authorized to act as pawnbroker, and said business shall not be carried on in any other place than the other so designated without the written consent of the Common Council endorsed on said license. Every such license shall expire on December 31 next succeeding the date of its issue.
[Amended 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
Every person carrying on the business of a pawnbroker within said City shall place or suspend in a conspicuous manner in front of his place of business a sign with his name and the words "Licensed Pawnbroker" thereon; said sign shall be approved in advance by the City official and/or board having authority to approve same.
A. 
Required; contents. Every person carrying on the business of a pawnbroker shall report daily in writing to the Chief of Police, on blank forms to be furnished by the Police Department, a description of all articles pledged or purchased by said pawnbroker during the preceding day, together with the number of the pawn ticket issued therefor, the amount loaned thereon and the name, residence and description of the person making the pledge. The contents of such report shall not be communicated to any person for the purpose of publication, but shall be used expressly for the purpose of protecting the public.
B. 
Effect of report. No person shall make any false entry in such report, and whenever the Chief of Police shall notify any pawnbroker not to sell or permit to be redeemed any property so received on deposit, such property shall not be sold or permitted to be redeemed until the said Chief of Police shall so direct.
[Amended 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
A. 
Required; contents. Every pawnbroker within the City shall keep a book in which shall be legibly written in ink, at the time any loan is made, an account and description of the articles pawned or purchased, as well as a photograph of the articles pawned or purchased, the amount of money loaned thereon, the time of pawning or purchasing the same, the rate of interest to be paid on such loan and the name, residence and a general description of the person pawning or selling said personal property and a notation of whether the pledgor claims to be the owner, consignee or agent of the owner.
B. 
Access to records. Said book shall be opened and goods exposed at all reasonable time to the inspection of the Mayor and members of the Common Council, Corporation Counsel, City Court, Chief of Police, or City Detective. Such books and records shall be retained in the possession of the pawnbroker, in good condition and in an orderly fashion, for at least a period of six years. A list of all articles pawned or purchased shall be delivered to the Chief of Police of the City of Port Jervis at the end of each calendar week; items pawned or purchased through Saturday of each calendar week should be included on the list, delivered to the Police Chief on the following Monday.
C. 
Memorandum. Every such pawnbroker, at the time any loan is made, shall deliver to the person pledging any personal property a memorandum signed by him, containing the substance of the entry required to be made as aforesaid, and no charge shall be made by any pawnbroker for such entry or memorandum.
No person shall transact business as a pawnbroker within the City except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., except Saturdays, when business may be transacted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, and such business shall not be transacted on Sunday.
No pawnbroker or person in the employ of a pawnbroker within the City shall in any manner receive any personal property in pledge from any minor, intoxicated person, habitual drunkard or notorious thief, known by him to be such, nor shall such pawnbroker employ any person as an assistant in such business who is under 16 years of age.
[Amended 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007]
No pawnbroker within the City shall sell any article received by him in pledge before the time to redeem the same has expired, nor willfully disclose the name of the purchaser nor the price paid for any article sold, and no pawnbroker shall sell any pawn or pledge until the same shall remain in his possession for the time period prescribed by § 48 of the General Business Law.
No pawnbroker within the City who has received any stolen goods shall refuse to exhibit them during the regular business hours to the owner of said goods or his authorized agent at the written order of the Chief of Police.
[Amended 2-26-2007 by L.L. No. 2-2007; 5-27-2014 by L.L. No. 5-2014]
Any person committing an offense against any provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine as set by § 51 of the General Business Law, in addition to the punishment, fine or imprisonment established by any other City, county, state or federal law, rule or regulation.