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assigned to him by the Board, the Treasurer shall be the custodian of all funds under control of the Board, shall collect and receive all money arising from rents or otherwise, make such disbursements and payments as the Board shall direct, and keep accurate books of account therefor. All cheques against said funds shall be signed by the Treasurer and President, (or, in his absence, the senior member of the Board,) and appropriate vouchers shall be taken for all disbursements. The Treasurer shall, under the direction of the Board, be the general manager of the real estate.
An Executive Committee, which shall consist of a Chairman to be elected by the Chamber at the regular Annual Meeting in May of each year, the Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Currency, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Commerce and the Revenue Laws, the Chairman of the Committee on Internal Trade and Improvements, the Chairman of the Committee on the Harbor and Shipping, the Chairman of the Committee on Insurance, the Chairman of the Committee on State and Municipal Taxation, the President of the Chamber, the senior Vice-President, the Treasurer and the ExPresidents of the Chamber.
A Committee on Finance and Currency.
Each of these Standing Committees, except the Executive Committee, shall consist of a Chairman and six members, who shall be elected at the regular annual May meeting. The Chairman shall continue in office during the pleasure of the Chamber. The members shall be elected for a term of three years, except at the election held in 1902, when six members shall be elected, two for a term of one year, two for a term of two years, and two for a term of three years. No member of a Standing Committee, except the Executive Committee, shall be eligible for re-election to the same Committee until
one year from the expiration of his term. Vacancies occurring in any Committee may be filled at any regular meeting of the Chamber.
Three members of any Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
Of the Executive Committee.—The Executive Committee shall, under the direction of the Chamber, have a general control of the property and affairs of the Chamber. It shall act as an advisory committee to the Secretary, and direct the preparation of the Annual Report of the Chamber. It shall audit all bills and claims against the Corporation and direct their payment, if approved, except bills for salaries and rent, which shall be approved by the President, and paid upon his order, or that of one of the Vice-Presidents, in his absence, and except all bills affecting the real estate or funds under control of the Board of Trustees. It shall fix the amount of all salaries and compensation for service. The Executive Committee shall submit at the regular meeting preceding the annual election the names of seven members for appointment by the Chamber to nominate Officers and Standing Committees for election to serve for the ensuing year. It shall have power to accept resignations and remit fees as hereinbefore provided by Article V.
Upon the complaint by any member charging dishonorable conduct or dealings on the part of any other member, it may, in its discretion, report the complaint to the Chamber, with recommendation to expel the offending member, but not otherwise ; always provided that it give to the member complained of an opportunity for a hearing, either in person or by proxy, before making such report.
Of the Committee on the Charity Fund.—This Committee shall take charge of the moneys and securities received from Mrs. John C. GREEN, and from any other source, for benevolent purposes, and invest and re-invest the same from time to time, and shall have power to make distribution of the income thereof among those intended to be benefited. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancies that may occur in their number by death, resignation or otherwise.
Of the Committee on Arbitration,—This Committee shall have complete supervision of all matters of arbitration referred to the Chamber and shall make rules and regulations for the conduct and
disposition of all matters submitted in arbitration ; it shall provide a form of agreement not inconsistent with existing provisions of law by which, so far as practicable the decision of the arbitrator or arbitrators shall become as effective as a judgment of the Supreme Court.
It shall compile and from time to time revise and keep a list of qualified persons, not less than fifty, willing to act as arbitrators under these rules, who shall be members of the Chamber. This list shall be known as—“THE LIST OF OFFICIAL ARBITRATORS ” of the Chamber of Commerce.
Any matter in controversy may be referred by the disputants signing the form of agreement provided by the Committee, together with a stipulation to the effect that they will abide by the decision of the arbitrator or arbitrators, by them selected, and waiving any and all right to withdraw from such submission after the acceptance of their appointment by the arbitrator or arbitrators selected, and designating at their option either
(a.) One of the persons named in said “List of Official Arbitrators,” who shall act as sole arbitrator ; or
(6.) Any two persons to act as arbitrators, who in turn shall designate from said “List of Official Arbitrators," a third person to be associated with them as arbitrators; or
(c.) The Committee on Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce or a quorum thereof.
In any case the Committee on Arbitration may, in its discretion, decline to entertain a matter submitted for arbitration, in which event the selection of special Arbitrator or Arbitrators shall be void.
The Committee on Arbitration shall, from time to time, establish a schedule of moderate fees to be paid in all matters submitted, which fees shall be chargeable as decided by the arbitrators.
The Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce shall be the Clerk of the Committee on Arbitration.
OF OTHER STANDING COMMITTEES.
Their duties shall be to examine into and make report upon such subjects as may be referred to them by the Chamber, or they may originate and report to the Chamber such views as they may deem proper for its consideration.
They shall, respectively, keep regular minutes of their meetings and proceedings, in which the Secretary shall give them all required assistance, and they shall make an annual written report to the Chamber at its regular annual May meeting.
OF ELECTION OF SPECIAL OFFICERS UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE.
The Chamber shall elect, in conformity with the laws of the State, the following named officers :
Commissioners of Pilots.—There shall be elected by ballot, to serve for two years, at a special meeting called for the purpose, three members of the Chamber to act as Commissioners of Pilots. Whenever any vacancy shall occur by death, resignation or otherwise, of either of such Commissioners so elected, the vacancy shall be filled at a special meeting of the Chamber, and the term of service of the member so elected shall date from the day of such election, [as by law of the State of New York, passed June 28, 1853].
Commissioner for Licensing Sailors' Boarding Houses or Hotels.There shall be elected by ballot, to serve for one year, at the annual meeting of the Chamber in May, a member of the Chamber to act as Commissioner for Licensing Sailors' Boarding Houses or Hotels in the Cities of New York and Brooklyn, [as by law of the State of New York, passed March 21, 1866].
Council of the Nautical School.—There shall be elected by ballot, to serve for one year, at the annual meeting of the Chamber in May, three members of the Chamber to act as the Council of the Nautical School, [as by law of the State of New York, passed April 24, 1873].
Whenever any vacancy shall occur in the above named offices by death, resignation or otherwise, except in that of the Commissioners of Pilots, the same shall be filled at the regular meeting of the Chamber next following.
QUORUM AND ADJOURNMENT. Twenty-five members of the Chamber, of which number the President or one of the Vice-Presidents must always be one, shall be necessary to form a quorum for the transaction of business, or to ballot for members.
In case a quorum shall not be present at the time fixed for any regular meeting of the Chamber, the President, or, in his absence, the senior Vice-President present, may adjourn the meeting to such other day in the same month as he may judge proper; but in case there be no quorum present at the time fixed for any special meeting, such adjournment shall not be made, except by consent of two-thirds of the members present.
If there fail to be a quorum from the absence of the prescribed officers, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to declare the meeting adjourned sine die.
RULES OF ORDER. At all regular meetings of the Chamber, the regular order of business shall be :
1. Reading of the minutes.
2. Report of the Executive Committee on nominations for membership.
3. Ballot for members.
Members having any motion or remarks to make shall rise and address the Chair. All resolutions or propositions, of whatever nature, must be reduced to writing before they can be entertained. The time to be taken by any member in debate may be limited by the presiding officer at the request of the Chamber. Each member shall be entitled to the floor, without interruption, for such time as may be allowed to him. Where reports of Committees are submitted to debate, the Chairman of the Committee introducing such report may open and close the debate.
At special meetings called to hear and consider reports of Committees ordered by the Chamber, no new propositions or resolutions in the nature of substitutes, (except the report of the minority of the Committee, if any,) shall be introduced or debated until after final action shall have been taken upon the report of such Com