[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Urbana 8-28-1989 by L.L. No. 2-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo — See Ch. 39.
Editor's Note: This local law was approved at referendum 11-7-1989.
This chapter shall be known and be cited as "Local Law No. 2 of the year 1989," and such legislation authorizes the conduct of games of chance by certain organizations.
The Town Board hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide charitable, educational, scientific, health, religious and patriotic causes and undertakings, where the beneficiaries are undetermined, may be in the best public interest.
The words and terms used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as such words and terms as are defined in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended.
In addition, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
- AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION
- An authorized organization as defined in Subdivision 4 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law. Note as follows:
- BELL JARS
- Includes those games in which a participant shall draw a card from a jar or other suitable container which contains numbers, colors or symbols that are covered and which, when uncovered, may reveal that a prize shall be awarded on the basis of a designated winning number, color or symbol or combination of numbers, colors or symbols.
- GAMES OF CHANCE
- Includes only the games known as "merchandise wheels" and "bell jars" and such other games as may be authorized by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number or numbers, color or colors or symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not including games commonly known as "bingo" or "lotto," as controlled by Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, as amended, "slot machines," "bookmaking," "policy or numbers games" and "lottery" as defined in § 225.00 of the Penal Law.
Any authorized organization, in applying to the Town Clerk for a license to conduct games of chance, shall file with such Clerk, after obtaining an identification number from the Board, an application form which has been approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, Bureau of Games of Chance Regulation, and as the same may be changed by that Board from time to time. Any license thereupon issued by the Town Clerk must conform to and meet the requirements of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law and the rules and regulations of said New York Racing and Wagering Board and of this chapter.
The Town Clerk shall make an investigation of the qualifications of each applicant and the merits of each application, with due expedition after filing of the applications.
If such Clerk shall determine that the applicant is duly qualified to be licensed to conduct games of chance; that the member or members of the applicant designated in the application to manage games of chance are bona fide active members of the applicant and are persons of good moral character and have never been convicted of a crime or, if convicted, have received a pardon, a certificate of good conduct or a certificate of relief from disabilities; that such games are to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Board; and that the proceeds thereof are to be disposed of as provided by this chapter; then, if such Clerk is satisfied that no commission, salary, compensation, reward or recompense whatever will be paid or given to any person operating or assisting, except as otherwise provided by law, the Clerk shall issue a license to the applicant for the conduct of games of chance upon payment of a license fee of $25 for each license period.
No license shall be issued which shall be effective for a period of more than one year.
No application for the issuance of a license to conduct games of chance or lease premises to an authorized organization shall be denied by the Clerk until after a hearing, held on due notice to the applicant, at which the applicant shall be entitled to be heard upon the qualifications and the merits of the application.
Any license issued may be amended, upon the application made to such Clerk which issued it, if the subject matter of the proposed amendment could lawfully and properly have been included in the original license and upon payment of such additional license fee, if any, as would have been payable if it had been so included.
Each license to conduct games of chance shall be in such form as provided in the rules and regulations promulgated by said New York State Racing and Wagering Board, and the contents thereof shall conform to the provisions as contained in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended, and shall be conspicuously displayed at the place where the same is to be conducted at all times during the conduct thereof.
Pursuant to this chapter, games of chance may be conducted on any day of the year except Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and Easter Sunday.
No game or games of chance shall be conducted under any license issued under this chapter more often than 12 times in any calendar year. No particular premises shall be used for the conduct of games of chance on more than 24 licensed occasions during any one calendar year. Games shall be conducted only between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Friday and 2:00 a.m. Saturday; only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Saturday and 2:00 a.m. Sunday; and only between the hours of 12:00 noon on Sunday and 12:00 midnight Sunday. The 2:00 a.m. closing period shall also apply to a legal holiday. The above restrictions shall not apply when only the games of chance known as the "bell jar" are conducted.
The conduct of games of chance shall be subject to the following restrictions:
No person, firm, partnership, corporation or organization, other than a licensee under the provisions of § 191 of the General Municipal Law, shall conduct games or shall lease or otherwise make available for conducting games of chance its premises for any consideration whatsoever, direct or indirect.
The entire net proceeds of any game of chance shall be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.
No single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $100; except that for merchandise wheels and bell jars, no single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $250. No single wager shall exceed $2.
No authorized organization shall award a series of prizes consisting of cash or of merchandise with an aggregate value in excess of $1,000 during successive operations of any one merchandise wheel or bell jar.
In addition to merchandise wheels and bell jars, no more than five other single types of games of chance shall be conducted during any one licensed occasion.
No person, except a bona fide member of any such organization, shall participate in the management or operation of any such game.
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such games.
The unauthorized conduct of games of chance and any willful violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
No games of chance 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 percentage of the receipts or net profits derived from the operation of such game.
No authorized organization licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall purchase or receive any supplies or equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the conduct of games of chance from other than a supplier licensed by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board or from another authorized organization.
Except for merchandise wheels and bell jars, no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $200 when the licensed authorized organization conducts five single types of games of chance during any one license period. Except for merchandise wheels and bell jars, no series of prices on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $250 when the licensed authorized organization conducts less than five single types of games of chance, exclusive of merchandise wheels and bell jars, during any one license period.
Except for the limitations on the sum or value for single prizes and series of prizes, no limit shall be imposed on the sum or value of prizes awarded to any one participant during any occasion or any license period.
No authorized organization shall extend credit to a person to participate in playing a game of chance.
No game of chance shall be conducted on other than the premises of an authorized organization or an authorized games of chance lessor.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to play any game or games of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this chapter. Persons under the age of 18 years may be permitted to attend games of chance at the discretion of the games of chance licensee. No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to operate any game of chance conducted pursuant to any license issued under this chapter or to assist therein.
In addition to the foregoing restrictions, any other restrictions contained in Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended, not hereinbefore referred to, shall be applicable and are referred to as if set forth at length herein.
The Town Board or any person(s) designated by the Town Board as its chief law enforcement officer shall have and exercise rigid control and close supervision over all games of chance conducted under such license to ascertain that the games of chance conducted under such license are fairly conducted in accordance with the provisions of such license, the provisions of the rules and regulations promulgated by the Board and the provisions of this chapter and Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended. Such duly appointed enforcement officer and the Town Board shall have the power and the authority to temporarily suspend any license issued by the Clerk, pending a hearing. After notice and hearing, the Clerk or the Town Board may suspend or revoke the same and, additionally, impose a fine in an amount not exceeding $1,000 for violation of any such provisions and shall have the right of entry, by their respective officers and agents, at all times into any premises where any games of chance are being conducted or where it is intended that any such game shall be conducted or where any equipment being used or intended to be used in the conduct thereof is found for the purpose of inspecting the same. The Town Board or any enforcement officer duly appointed by it may make an on-site inspection during the conduct of all games of chance licensed pursuant to this chapter.
A fee may be charged by any licensee for admission to any game or games of chance conducted under any license issued under this chapter.
Within seven days after the conclusion of any license period, the authorized organization which conducted the same and its members who were in charge thereof shall furnish to the Town Clerk a statement subscribed by the member in charge and affirmed by him as true, under the penalties of perjury, showing the amount of the gross receipts derived therefrom and each item of expense incurred or paid and each item of expenditure made or to be made other than prizes; the name and address of each person to whom each such item of expense has been paid or is to be paid, with a detailed description of the merchandise purchased or the services rendered therefor; the net proceeds derived from the conduct of games of chance during such license period and the use to which such proceeds have been or are to be applied; and a list of prizes offered and given, with the respective values thereof. It shall be the duty of each licensee to maintain and keep such books and records as may be necessary to substantiate the particulars of each such statement.
Upon the filing of such statement of receipts, the authorized organization furnishing the same shall pay to the Town Clerk, as and for an additional license fee, a sum equal to 5% of the reported net proceeds, if any, for the license period covered by such statement.
A licensee may display signs pertaining to the use of property on which such sign is situated. Such signs shall have an aggregate total face area of not more than 30 square feet nor project more than 24 inches beyond the principal building to which it is attached; except that, where such nonresidential uses are set back from property lines, one sign pertaining thereto may be erected in the ground, provided that such ground signs, if parallel to the lot frontage, shall not exceed 15 square feet in total face area, shall not exceed five feet in height and shall be no nearer than 10 feet to any property line. If such freestanding signs face at substantially right angles to the lot frontage or display in more than one direction, they shall have a face area of not more than eight square feet per side with no more than two sides and shall not exceed five feet in height and shall be no nearer than 10 feet to any property line.
Additional signs may be displayed upon any fire-fighting equipment or upon any equipment of a first aid or rescue squad in and throughout the community served by such volunteer fire company or such first aid or rescue squad, as the case may be. All advertisements shall be limited to the description of such event as "games of chance" or "Las Vegas night", the name of the authorized organization conducting such games, the license number of the authorized organization as assigned by the Clerk and the date, location and time of the event.
Subject to the applicable provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, beer may be offered for sale during the conduct of games of chance on games of chance premises as such premises are defined in Subdivision 19 of § 186 of the General Municipal Law; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to limit the offering for sale of any other alcoholic beverage in areas other than the games of chance premises or the sale of any other alcoholic beverage on premises where only the game of chance known as the "bell jar" is conducted.
The Town Board of the Town of Urbana may, pursuant to § 188-a of the General Municipal Law, as amended, delegate to an officer or officers of such Town designated by the Town Board for such purpose any of the authority granted to such governing body by said Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended, in relation to the issuance, amendment and cancellation of licenses, the conduct of investigations and hearings, the supervision of the operation of the games and the collection and transmission of the fees.
The making of any false statement in any application for a license or in any statement annexed thereto or any other violation of the provisions of said Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law, as amended, or any violation of the terms of such a license shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall subject the offender to forefeiture of licenses and shall render the offender ineligible to apply for a license for one year thereafter, all pursuant to the provisions of § 195-j of the General Municipal Law, as amended.
No person shall operate any game of chance and no game of chance shall be conducted with any equipment except as authorized by § 195-c of the General Municipal Law.
The Town Board of the Town of Urbana, Steuben County, New York, or any person(s) designated by it as its chief law enforcement officer shall be required to exercise control over all games of chance conducted under duly authorized licenses. They shall have all those powers and duties set forth in and for the enforcement of Article 9-A of the General Municipal Law.
This chapter shall be applicable to all territory within the limits of the Town of Urbana, Steuben County, New York, which is situate outside the Village of Hammondsport, Steuben County, New York.