Town of Hartford, NY
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Hartford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-20-1977 by Ord. No. 1-1977]
Pursuant to Subdivision 2 of § 9 of Article I of the State Constitution, it shall be lawful for any authorized organization, as defined in § 476 of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, upon obtaining the required license, to conduct bingo games within the territorial limits of the Town of Hartford, subject to the provisions of this article, Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, Article 19-B of the Executive Law, the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and the following restrictions.
A. 
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization other than a licensee under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law shall conduct such game or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting bingo a hall or other premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect.
B. 
No bingo games shall be held, operated or conducted on or within any leased premises if rental under such lease is to be paid, wholly or partly, on the basis of a percentage of the receipts or net profits derived from the operation of such game.
C. 
No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law shall purchase, lease or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of bingo games from other than a supplier licensed under the Bingo Control Law or from another authorized organization.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
D. 
The entire net proceeds of any game of bingo and of any rental shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.
E. 
No prize shall exceed the sum or value of $1,000 in any single game of bingo.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
F. 
No series of prizes on any one bingo occasion shall aggregate more than $3,000.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
G. 
No person except a bona fide member of any such organization shall participate in the management or operation of such game.
H. 
No person shall receive any remuneration for participation in the management or operation of any game of bingo.
I. 
The unauthorized conduct of a bingo game and any willful violation of any provision of this article shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
Pursuant to the General Municipal Law § 485, authorized games of bingo may be conducted on the day requested, including the first day of the week, commonly known and designated as "Sunday."
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Adopted 7-5-1977 by L.L. No. 1-1977]
This article shall be known as the "Games of Chance Law of the Town of Hartford, New York."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AN AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
An authorized organization as defined in Subdivision 4 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law.
GAMES OF CHANCE
A game of chance as defined in Subdivision 3 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law.
Authorized organizations may, upon the obtaining of a license from the Clerk of the Town of Hartford, New York, conduct games of chance within the Town of Hartford as provided in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and as provided further in this article. Such games of chance shall be conducted in accordance with the general state law and with the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and this article.
The conduct of games of chance authorized by this article shall be subject to those restrictions contained in § 189 of the General Municipal Law and in other applicable statutory and case law and the rules and regulations of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Games of chance on the first day of the week, commonly known as "Sunday," may be conducted pursuant to this article and appropriate statutes and regulations.
The Enforcement Officer or other law enforcement officer designated by the Town Board of the Town of Hartford shall exercise control over and supervision of all games of chance conducted under an appropriately issued license. Such officers shall enforce all those powers and duties set forth in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Any person, association, corporation or organization who or which shall make any false statement in any application for any license authorized to be issued for the conduct of games of chance in the Town of Hartford or in any statement annexed thereto or who or which shall violate any of the provisions and restrictions contained in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit any license issued to it under this article authorizing the conduct of games of chance in the Town of Hartford and shall be ineligible to apply for another license for at least one year thereafter.