Village of Johnson City, NY
Broome County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Johnson City 8-20-1973 as Ch. 12 of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to leave any icebox, refrigerator or any other similar container or receptacle in an abandoned, unattended or discarded condition outside of any building or dwelling in a place accessible to children without first removing the door or doors, latch or latches and lock or locks from such icebox, refrigerator or other container or receptacle.
Each and every person, whether fireman or not, who is present at a fire shall conduct himself or herself in an orderly manner without noise or disturbance and shall promptly obey any order he or she may receive from the Fire Chief or any of his or her aides or assistants.
[Amended 12-21-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993; 8-17-2010 by L.L. No. 8-2010]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CURFEW HOURS
10:00 p.m. on any day of the week until 6:00 a.m. of the following day.
EMERGENCY
An unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, a natural disaster, an automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.
(1) 
A person who, under court order, is the guardian of the person of a minor.
(2) 
A public or private agency with whom a minor has been placed by a court.
MINOR
Any person under 17 years of age.
(1) 
A natural parent, adoptive parent or stepparent of another person; or
(2) 
At least 18 years of age and authorized by a parent or guardian to have the care and custody of a minor.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common area of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transport facilities, and shops.
B. 
Offenses.
(1) 
Any minor under the age of 17 years shall not be in or upon any of the streets, parks or public places in the Village in the nighttime after the hour of 10:00 p.m. and before the hour of 6:00 a.m. the following day, unless involved in an exempted activity.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful for a minor's parent, guardian or any other person having the legal care and custody of any child under the age of 17 years to allow, permit or encourage such minor to violate § 192-3B(1).
C. 
Exceptions. Minors under the age of 17 years are not in violation of the curfew if involved in one of the following activities or circumstances:
(1) 
The minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian; or
(2) 
The minor is on an errand at the direction of a parent or guardian without any detour or stop (written direction must be signed, timed and dated by the parent or guardian and must indicate the specific errand); or
(3) 
The minor has been legally emancipated; or
(4) 
The minor is on the sidewalk that abuts the minor's or the next-door-neighbor's residence; or
(5) 
The minor is in a vehicle involved in interstate travel; or
(6) 
The minor is engaged in certain employment activity, or going to or from employment without any detour or stop; or
(7) 
The minor is involved in an emergency; or
(8) 
The minor is in attendance or traveling to or from an official school, religious, or other recreational activity sponsored by the Village of Johnson City, a civic organization, or another similar entity supervised by adults that take responsibility for the minor; or
(9) 
Where the minor is generally exercising First Amendment rights such as the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and the right of assembly.
D. 
Enforcement.
(1) 
Any police official, upon finding a minor in violation of § 192-3(1) shall ascertain the name and address of such minor and shall warn the minor that he or she is in violation of curfew and shall direct the minor to proceed at once to his or her home or usual place of abode. The police officer shall report such action to the parent, guardian, custodian or responsible adult having custody or control of such minor.
(2) 
If such minor refuses to heed such warning or direction by any police officer or refuses to give such police officer his or her correct name or address, or if the minor had been warned on a previous occasion that he or she is in violation of curfew, the minor shall be escorted to his or her home or usual place of abode and delivered to the care, custody and charge of the minor's parent, guardian, custodian, or other responsible adult.
(3) 
If the parent, guardian, custodian or other responsible adult above cannot be located or fails to take charge of the minor, the minor shall be released to the Broome County Department of Social Services.
E. 
Penalties. A person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a separate offense for each day or part of each day during which the offense is committed, continued or permitted. Each offense, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.
[Amended 4-16-2002 by L.L. No. 1-2002]
No person shall fire, set off, or discharge any cannon, air or other gun, pistol, rocket, gun powder or other explosive in the Village. This section shall not apply to ceremonial discharges, provided prior approval for such discharge has been obtained from the Village of Johnson City Police Department.
Any person who, with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace may be occasioned, commits any of the following acts shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct:
A. 
Uses offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting language, conduct or behavior.
B. 
Acts in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others.
C. 
Congregates with others on public streets or loiters in door entrances, doorways or stairways adjacent thereto or about any public place in the Village and refuses to move on when ordered by the police.
D. 
By his or her actions causes a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such crowd.
E. 
Shouts or makes a noise either outside of or inside a building during the nighttime or daytime to the annoyance or disturbance of any considerable number of persons.
F. 
Interferes with any person in any place by jostling against such person or unnecessarily crowding him or her or by placing a hand in the proximity of such person's pocket, pocketbook or handbag.
G. 
Stations himself or herself on a public street or follows pedestrians for the purpose of soliciting alms, or solicits alms on the public streets unlawfully.
H. 
Causes a disturbance in any public conveyance by running through it, climbing through windows or upon seats or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.
I. 
Stands on sidewalks or street corners and makes insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians or annoys such pedestrians.
No person shall distribute or cause to be distributed for advertising purposes in the Village any free package, box, bottle or paper containing any pills, powder, potion, salve, ointment or other medicinal preparation unless the same is delivered into the hands of an adult person.
No person shall knowingly give or assist in giving a false alarm of fire in the Village, either by firing any material or substance for the purpose of creating such false alarm or by false cries of fire or by pulling or interfering with any fire alarm box or apparatus in the Village for the purpose of giving a notification of fire to the Fire Department.
A. 
Generally. No person shall willfully and unlawfully cut, injure, mark, break, deface, remove or destroy any building, structure, bridge, fence, awning, sign, signboard, tree, shrubbery or other property or part thereof or willfully and unlawfully break any window or window glass in any building or structure or tear down or remove any notice lawfully posted in the Village.
B. 
Public lamps and fixtures. No person shall willfully deface, injure, break or destroy any lamp, lamppost, lamp supporter or part thereof or any globe, wire, fixture or protection of such lamp, lamppost or lamp supporter or part thereof or willfully interfere with or light any lamp or obstruct or extinguish the light thereof on any public street, avenue, sidewalk, lane, alley or in any public place in the Village.
C. 
Fire and police apparatus; Department of Public Works' property; other Village property. No person shall willfully injure or destroy any engine, motor truck, vehicle, hose, ladder, apparatus or implement of the Fire Department or any enginehouse, fire station or place where fire apparatus of any kind is kept or stored or any fixture, article or property in or about such place or willfully and unlawfully remove any engine, motor truck, vehicle, hose, ladder, apparatus or implement from any such engine room, fire station or place, nor shall any person willfully or unlawfully injure, damage or destroy any police car, motorcycle, apparatus or equipment or any fixtures, article or other property of the Police Department or property of the Public Works Department or any property owned by the Village.
No person shall unlawfully hinder, obstruct or delay any person employed by the Village or any contractor or subcontractor engaged in constructing or repairing any public work in the Village.
A. 
Regulated. The playing of any musical instrument or device for dancing in any public assemblage in the Village between the hours of 12:00 midnight Saturday and until after 12:00 midnight on Sunday is prohibited. There is hereby excepted from the provisions of this section the playing of any musical instrument or device for dancing at a public dance for which a license has been issued under § 132-2 of this Code.
B. 
Exception to section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit dances commencing on Saturday evening and continuing until 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, provided that the same are authorized in accordance with Chapter 132, Dances and Dance Halls, of this Code.
No person shall write, paint, print, draw, cut or place in or upon any building, post, fence, walk, bridge, sign or other object exposed to public view in the Village any indecent or obscene mark, figure, character, word, image, sentence or design or aid or advise in so doing.
No person shall place, throw or deposit any ice, snow, dirt, sand, gravel, brick, stone, lumber or other material or rubbish upon, near or about any fire hydrant in the Village so as to hinder, obstruct or delay free access thereto nor within ten (10) feet thereof.
No person shall be intoxicated on any public street, avenue, sidewalk, alley or lane or in any public place in the Village.
The Chief of the Fire Department or any of his or her assistants or any police officer may command the aid of any person to assist in extinguishing a fire or the aid of any driver or person in charge of any motor vehicle or other vehicle to assist with such vehicle in taking any fire apparatus to any fire, and when so requested, it shall be unlawful for any person to refuse or neglect to assist in extinguishing such fire.
It shall be unlawful for any person to harm, obstruct or resist any officer of the Village in the performance of any duty required of him or her as such officer or to refuse or neglect to assist in extinguishing any fire or to refuse or neglect to assist any officer of the Village in the execution of his or her duties when requested so to do by such officer or to fail or refuse to obey any lawful sign or signal by hand, voice or otherwise given by a police officer in the discharge of his or her duties as such.
No person shall bathe or swim in any river, stream or pond in the Village, either in a nude state or so clothed as to make any indecent exposure of the person, nor shall any person, in preparing to swim or bathe, make such exposure.