City of Hudson, NY
Columbia County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson 3-15-1988 by L.L. No. 2-1988 (Ch. 28A of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 210.
This chapter shall be known as the "City of Hudson Emergency Alarm Law."
The Common Council of the City of Hudson hereby finds and declares that there is a growing incidence of false emergency alarms sounded throughout the City. Such false alarms utilize an increasing amount of valuable time of City police officers. Often, the City Police Department must respond to false emergency alarms at the same location on repeated occasions. Such false soundings hamper law enforcement efforts and pose an increased risk to citizens when police time is wasted responding to nonemergencies. The Council therefore finds and declares that it is in the public interest to establish a statute governing the sale, installation and maintenance of burglar, fire and other emergency alarms in the City of Hudson.
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms are hereby defined:
EMERGENCY ALARM
Any type of device or system of devices which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, burglary, flood or like perils and which transmits emergency signals via telephone lines or otherwise to police headquarters or sounds an alarm audible outside the building, structure or property protected by the emergency alarm. Specifically excluded is a standard household smoke alarm which has as its primary function giving warning of smoke or fire to the occupants of the building or structure, or portion thereof, protected by such alarm.
FALSE ALARM
Any signal necessitating response by the Police or Fire Department where an emergency situation does not exist.
LICENSED INSTALLER
Any person duly licensed to install security or fire alarm systems pursuant to § 69-m of Article 6-D of the General Business Law of the State of New York.
[Added 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993[1]]
PERSISTENT FALSE ALARM
The fourth and each subsequent false alarm which occurs at one location during any twelve-month period commencing May 1 and ending the following April 30.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or other legal entity.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: The definition of “supplier and/or installer,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993.
A. 
No emergency alarm shall be operated in the City of Hudson without prior registration of the alarm with the Police Department of the City of Hudson. Each emergency alarm in operation on the effective date of this chapter in the City of Hudson shall be registered with the Hudson Police Department on or before May 1, 1988.
B. 
Every person required to register an emergency alarm must furnish the Hudson Police Department at the time of registration, and as necessary thereafter, a list of current information as follows:
(1) 
The name, residence address and telephone number of the registrant.
(2) 
The name, address and telephone number of any other person at a different location who is authorized to respond to an emergency and open the location where the alarm system is installed to reset the alarm.
(3) 
In the case of a business location, the registrant shall provide the Police Department with at least three persons to contact in case of an emergency who have access to the location.
(4) 
Name, address and telephone number of the licensed installer who installed the emergency alarm, and the name, address and telephone number of the person, if any, with whom the registrant has contracted for service of the emergency alarm.
[Added 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993]
C. 
A one-time registration fee as established by the Common Council shall be charged by the City of Hudson for residential alarms. An annual registration fee as established by the Common Council shall be charged by the City of Hudson for an emergency alarm at a business location, to be billed by the Hudson Police Department in May of each year.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Amended 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993]
A. 
No emergency alarm shall be installed within the City of Hudson except by a licensed installer.
B. 
No licensed installer shall do business in the City of Hudson unless such person has provided to the City of Hudson Police Department a copy of the license issued to such person pursuant to the provisions of Article 6-D of the General Business Law.
C. 
Prior to the installation of any emergency alarm, the licensed installer shall inform the purchaser of the alarm of the requirement for registration of the alarm and shall not complete installation until such person has registered the alarm with the Hudson Police Department.
D. 
No emergency alarm having an audible alarm shall be installed or registered unless such alarm automatically terminates the audible signal within 15 minutes of its activation.
E. 
The registrant of an emergency alarm shall notify the Hudson Police Department of the removal, disconnection or other act rendering an emergency alarm inoperable. Thereafter, the resumption of operation of an emergency alarm at such premises shall require a new registration.
[Amended 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993]
An emergency alarm must be maintained in proper working order at all times. The maintenance is the responsibility of the person in whose name the alarm is registered. When maintenance involves equipment located at the Police Department, the maintenance shall be carried out only by a licensed installer and shall be at the expense of the alarm registrant.
Testing of the system or device shall be conducted in the following manner:
A. 
No more than one test shall be conducted per calendar month, unless otherwise authorized by the Hudson Police Department.
B. 
The registrant, or his agent, must notify the Police Department either in person or by phone before the testing of the system. When notifying the Police Department of the test, the person making the notification must indicate the registration number of the emergency alarm for purposes of security.
A. 
A registrant of an emergency alarm shall be guilty of a violation of this section each time a persistent false alarm occurs.
B. 
The Hudson Police Department shall notify the registrant in writing after the third false alarm in any fiscal year. Such notification shall be considered a warning and advice that the system must be repaired.
[Amended 3-30-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993]
A. 
Any person having an emergency alarm operating within the City of Hudson without current registration with the Hudson Police Department shall be guilty of a violation, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or both.
B. 
Any person other than a licensed installer who installs an emergency alarm within the City of Hudson shall be guilty of a violation, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.
C. 
Any licensed installer who installs an emergency alarm within the City of Hudson and fails to comply with any of the requirements of Subsection B, C or D of § 62-5 in connection with such installation shall be guilty of a violation, which shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.
D. 
A violation of § 62-8 shall be punishable as follows:
(1) 
For a first offense, by a fine not exceeding $25 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding five days, or both.
(2) 
For a second offense within 12 months, by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or both.
(3) 
For a third or subsequent offense within 12 months, by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.