[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 12-7-1981 by Ord. No. 81-123. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 370 of the General Municipal Law, the Council of the City authorizes the Judge of the Police Court of the City to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau, staffed by members of the Police Department, to assist the Court in the disposition of offenses in relation to parking violations. Such Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the Court may designate.
The Traffic Violations Bureau so established shall be authorized to dispose of parking violations by permitting a person charged with a parking violation to answer within a specified time at the Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney, in such form as prescribed by the Court, by paying a prescribed fine and, in writing, waiving a hearing in Court, pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such a plea and pay such a fine in Court. Acceptance of the prescribed fine and power of attorney by the Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt which so states. If a person charged with a parking violation does not answer as hereinbefore prescribed, within a designated time, the Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against him forthwith and a warrant to be issued for his arrest and appearance before the Court. Such Traffic Violations Bureau shall not be authorized to deprive a person of his right to counsel or to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in Court to answer to, explain or defend any charge of a violation of any parking ordinance, rule or regulation.
[Amended 10-12-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-9]
The Court shall designate the fines to be paid for offenses, which will be satisfied at the Bureau as hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offenses by City Council. There will be a $10 surcharge on traffic violations in accordance with Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2004, Section G.
A Traffic Violations Bureau as herein authorized shall keep a record of all parking violations of which each person has been guilty, whether such guilt was established in Court or in the Bureau, and also a record of all fines collected and the disposition thereof. It shall also perform such other or additional duties and keep such other or additional records as shall be prescribed by the Court and/or the local legislative body.