[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant 3-25-1969 as Ch. 6 of the 1969 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, all terms shall have the meanings defined in § 476 of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law.
It shall be lawful for bona fide religious, charitable or nonprofit organizations of veterans, volunteer firemen and similar nonprofit organizations, upon obtaining a license therefor issued in strict compliance with Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, Article 19-B of the Executive Law, the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Racing and Wagering Board and the provisions hereof, to conduct the game of bingo within the Town of Mount Pleasant.
All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall terminate at 12:00 midnight on the 31st day of December of the calendar year in which they are issued.
The following restrictions shall apply to the conduct of bingo games authorized by this chapter:
No person, firm, association, corporation or organization other than an authorized organization licensed under the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law shall be permitted to conduct such games.
The entire net proceeds of any game shall be exclusively devoted the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct the same.
No single prize shall exceed the sum or value of $250.
No series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more than $1,000.
No person except a bona fide member of any such organization shall participate in the management or operation of such game.
No person shall receive any remuneration for participating in the management or operation of any such game.
No bingo game 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.
No bingo game shall be conducted after the hour of 12:00 midnight.
The unauthorized conduct of a bingo game and any willful violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute and be punishable as a misdemeanor.
All provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law, Article 19-B of the Executive Law and the rules and regulations of the State Racing and Wagering Board in any way restricting the conduct of games of bingo, applications for licenses and the issuance thereof, the personnel who shall conduct the games, charges for admission and participation, persons who may participate, the amount of prizes, the award of prizes, the frequency of games, places where such games may be held and the advertising of games, or which provide for control and supervision of the games by the Town of Mount Pleasant and the State Racing and Wagering Board, for the display of the license therefor, for the furnishing of duly verified statements of gross receipts and expenditures in connection with such games and for the keeping books and records to substantiate such reports shall be complied with strictly in accordance with the terms thereof, and any noncompliance therewith shall cause the license of the organization conducting such game to be suspended, and if, after a hearing held on due notice to said licensee, it shall appear that such violation in fact exists, the license of such licensee shall be forfeited.
This chapter shall not become effective unless and until it shall have been approved by a majority of the electors voting on a proposition submitted at a general or special election held within the Town of Mount Pleasant who are qualified to vote for town officers of the Town of Mount Pleasant and unless and until a proposition making operative in the Town of Mount Pleasant the provisions of Article 14-H of the General Municipal Law submitted at a general or special election in the Town of Mount Pleasant shall be approved by a vote of the majority of the electors in the Town of Mount Pleasant voting thereon.