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Laws & Ordinances

State, Town, County, and City Laws and Ordinances
  1. Noise - No Person shall create or cause noise, which includes noise from parties (music, yelling, singing, waiting for taxis and exiting them). The first offense is punishable by a fine up to $1000 and a second offense, occurring within 12 months, is punishable by a fine between $1000 and $1500. If found to be excessive, the noise ordinance is enforced day or night.
  2. Disorderly Conduct - Violations include fighting, unreasonable noise, use of obscene language and gestures, disturbance of lawful assembly, obstruction of traffic (with a vehicle or by people), unlawful congregation in a public place, or public urination. Fines are punishable by fines up to $250 for the first offense, 15 days of imprisonment, or both.
  3. Dutchess County Social Host Law - This law holds those over the age of 18 responsible for minors consuming alcoholic beverages at their residence. Violation of this law is punishable by a fine of up to $250 for the first offense, up to $500 for the second offense, up to $1000 for the third offense and imprisonment for up to one year. Other charges may be included including Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child.
  4. Open Container Violation - It is unlawful to possess an open container of any alcohol (including a plastic cup) in a public place including sidewalks, streets and roads. Violation of this law is punishable by a fine up to $250, imprisonment up to 15 days, or both.
  5. Possession of Alcohol - Possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal. Violations are punishable by a fine up to $250, imprisonment up to 5 days, or both.
  6. Serving Alcohol to a Minor - Serving or providing alcohol to a minor under the age of 21 is illegal. Violations are punishable by fines up to $1000, imprisonment up to one 1 year, or both.
  7. Forgery in the Third Degree - (Fake ID) Possession of an ID card with false birth date to misrepresent your age with the intent to defraud so you can purchase alcohol is illegal. Violations are punishable by fines up to $1000, imprisonment up to 1 year, or both.
  8. Forgery in the Second Degree - (Chalking or Creating a Fake ID) Altering or making any drivers license with a false birth date to misrepresent your age with the intent to defraud so you can purchase alcohol is illegal. Violations are punishable by fines up to $5000, imprisonment for up to 7 years, or both.
  9. Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree - using another person's drivers license or other identification in order to assume his or her character with the intent to purchase alcohol is illegal. Violations are punishable by fines up to $1000, imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both.
  10. Driving While Intoxicated - If you operate a vehicle and are found to have a blood alcohol level greater than .08 you are in violation of this law. Violations are punishable by fines up to $5000 or imprisonment.
  11. Driving While Impaired by Alcohol or Drugs - If you operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and your blood alcohol level is between .06 and .07, you will be charged with violation of this law. Violations are punishable by fines up to $5000 and imprisonment.
  12. Parking - Parking is not permitted on sidewalks and grassy areas. Parking is not permitted on town roads during the winter months between November 1 and April 1 from 12am to 8am.
  13. Snow and Ice Removal - Remember to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk (if any) in front of your house within 4-6 hours of snow fall. Failure to do so may lead to the issuance of a summons and a fine.
  14. Garbage / Recycling - Remember to bring your empty garbage cans to the back of the driveway after they are emptied. Failure to do so may lead to the issuance of a summons and a fine.

    Garbage collection schedules and rules (City of Poughkeepsie):
    http://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/download/148/
    http://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/download/144/
    http://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/departments/dpw/recyclingsanitation/recycling-rules

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