Village of Suffern, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Suffern 2-8-1971 as Ch. 13A of the 1971 Code. Section 197-4 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 73.
Curfew — See Ch. 117.
Noise — See Ch. 175.
Parks — See Ch. 193.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 200.

§ 197-1 Disorderly acts.

Every person found intoxicated in any street or public place within the limits of this Village; all persons who shall by noisy, riotous or tumultuous conduct disturb the quiet and peace of the Village or of any meeting or assembly therein or of any considerable number of inhabitants thereof; all persons who shall publicly use any profane, vulgar, indecent or obscene language in any public street or place in said Village; every person who shall willfully and maliciously break, mar, injure, remove or deface any building, fence, awning, gate, sign, signboard, lamp, electric light, telephone or telegraph pole or any attachment thereto or any tree, shrubbery or other ornamental thing in said Village; every person who shall remove from or pile up before any door or on any sidewalk or street, square or public place in said Village boxes or casks or other things or who shall willfully tear down, destroy or mutilate any notice or handbill lawfully posted in said Village; every person who shall incite or induce dogs to fight in any of the streets or public places of said Village; and every person who shall attempt to obstruct the operation of the Fire Department of said Village or of any fireman engaged in the discharge of his duties as such shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a disorderly person, and such act or acts shall constitute disorderly conduct.[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 13A-3, which followed this section and dealt with penalties for offenses, was deleted at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 197-2 Breach of the peace.

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:
Uses offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting language, conduct or behavior.
Acts in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others.
Congregates with others on a public street and refuses to move on when ordered by the police.
By his actions, causes a crowd to collect, except when lawfully addressing such a crowd.
Shouts or makes a noise either outside or inside a building during the nighttime to the annoyance or disturbance of any considerable number of persons.
Interferes with any person in any place by jostling against such person or unnecessarily crowding him or by placing a hand in the proximity of such a person's pocket, pocketbook or handbag.
Stations himself on the public streets or follows pedestrians for the purpose of soliciting alms or who solicits alms on the public streets unlawfully.
Frequents or loiters about any public place soliciting men for the purpose of committing a crime against nature or other lewdness.
Causes a disturbance in any streetcar, railroad car, omnibus or other public conveyance by running through it, climbing through the windows or upon the seats or otherwise annoying passengers or employees therein.
Stands on sidewalks or street corners and makes insulting remarks to or about passing pedestrians or annoys such pedestrians.
Is engaged in some illegal occupation or who bears an evil reputation and with an unlawful purpose consorts with thieves and criminals or frequents unlawful resorts. In any prosecution under this subsection, the fact the defendant is engaged in an illegal occupation or bears an evil reputation and is found consorting with persons of like evil reputation, thieves or criminals shall be prima facie evidence that such consorting was for an unlawful purpose.

§ 197-3 Loitering.

[Amended 11-26-1973]
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle, either alone and/or in consort with others, in a public place in the Village in such manner so as to:
Obstruct any public street, highway, sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic and/or pedestrians.
Commit in or upon any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building any act or thing which is an obstruction to or interference with the free and uninterrupted use of property or with any business lawfully conducted by anyone in or upon or facing or fronting on any such public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building, all of which prevents the free and uninterrupted ingress, egress and regress therein, thereon and thereto.
When any person causes or commits any of the conditions enumerated in Subsection A herein, a police officer or any law enforcement officer shall order that person or persons to stop causing or committing such conditions and to move on or disperse. Any person who fails or refuses to obey such orders shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
Definitions. The following words, when used in this section, have the meanings as set out herein:
Remaining idle in essentially one location, and shall include the concept of spending time idly, to be dilatory, to linger, to stay, to saunter, to delay, to stand around and shall also include the colloquial expression "hanging around."
Any place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purposes, but does not necessarily mean a place devoted solely to the uses of the public. It shall also include the front or immediate area of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and also public grounds, areas or parks.

§ 197-4 Penalties for offenses. [1]

In addition to any other penalty or remedies herein provided, each and every violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 1-12 of Chapter 1, General Provisions.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.