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ruption were practiced at the recent municipal election in this. city; and

Whereas, In the canvass, it appeared that there was a serious miscount of the vote; and that upon application to the Supreme Court for a recount it was shown that there had been a fraudulent count of the votes contained in certain of the ballot boxes; and

Whereas, Such practices strike at the root of representative institutions, bring the law into disrepute and jeopardize the publice interests; therefore,

Resolved, That the board of aldermen of the city of New York declare that, in their judgment, there should be a thorough and impartial investigation of the conduct of the recent municipal election in the city of New York, the allegations of fraud and corruption practiced thereat, the moneys contributed by corpora tions, candidates and others, and the uses made of such moneys at such election, and the contracts and business and other relations between corporations and leaders exercising or supposed to exercise power and authority in political parties or organizations, and the privileges and immunities, if any, enjoyed by such corporations and the consideration thereof; further

Resolved, That to this end this board do petition the Legislature of the State of New York to take such appropriate action in the premises as will secure the investigation desired; and enact such measures as will not only insure a fair recount of the votes at the recent election, but will provide adequately for honest elections and an honest count of the votes cast in the future.

Said communication was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

The President presented the report of the State Prison Improvement Commission, which was referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Raines moved that the Senate do now adjourn.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Whereupon, the Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1906.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. David H. Chrestensen.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

Mr. Cullen introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 696 of the Laws of 1887, entitled 'An act to provide hospitals, orphan asylums and other charitable institutions in the city of New York with water, and remitting assessments therefor,' and the acts amendatory thereof" (Int. No. 212), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Mr. Grady introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for the payment of the claim of James J. Buckley for labor performed and materials furnished in the construction of a public comfort building in the New York Zoological park, in Bronx park, in the city of New York" (Int. No. 213), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Mr. Smith introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend section 58 of chapter 564 of the Laws of 1890, entitled 'An act in relation to stock corporations constituting chapter 38 of the general laws,' added by chapter 932 of the Laws of 1896 and amended by chapter 476 of the Laws of 1900, in relation to merger of corporations" (Int. No. 214), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Brown introduced a bill entitled "An act to abolish the county of Hamilton and annex the territory thereof to the counties of Fulton and Herkimer" (Int. No. 215), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Wilcox introduced a bill entitled "An act authorizing the board of supervisors of Cayuga county to appropriate moneys to provide quarters for Grand Army posts" (Int. No. 216), which [SENATE JOURnal.] 11

was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Stevens (by request) introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend the Banking Law, relative to securities in which deposits in savings banks may be invested" (Int. No. 217), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on banks.

Mr. Hill introduced a bill entitled "An act to regulate the employment of workmen for doing electric wiring in the city of Buffalo, and providing for a board of electrical commissioners " (Int. No. 218), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 105 of the Laws of 1891, entitled 'An act to revise the charter of the city of Buffalo,' and the acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto, in relation to proposals for bonds issued by the city" (Int. No. 219), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Hill, and by unanimous consent, the rules were suspended and said bill ordered to a third reading and referred to the committee on affairs of cities, retaining its placeon the order of third reading.

Mr. Fechter introduced a bill entitled "An act fixing the compensation of the superintendent of the poor of the county of Erie and of his subordinates" (Int. No. 220), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Davis introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend the Poor Law, in relation to the relief of soldiers, sailors and their families" (Int. No. 221), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Keenan introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 441 of the Laws of 1899, entitled 'An act to create a commissioner of jurors in the several counties of this State,' relative to the compensation of county judge in the county of Queens" (Int. No. 222), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of cities.

Mr. Gardner introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 547 of the Laws of 1896, entitled 'An act relating to real property' constituting chapter 46 of the general laws" (Int. No. 223), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Coggeshall introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 67 of the Laws of 1896, entitled 'An act to amend chapter 233 of the Laws of 1890, entitled "An act to incorporate the New York and New Jersey Bridge Company, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a permanent bridge for passenger and other traffic over the waters between New York city and the State of New Jersey, together with all necessary connections, appurtenances and approaches thereto and stations""" (Int. No. 224), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Malby introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for a complete tabulation of the returns of the State enumeration of 1905, and making an appropriation therefor" (Int. No. 225), which was read the first time and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. McCarren introduced a bill entitled "An act to legalize the acts of Theodore Witte, a commissioner of deeds" (Int. No. 226), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Marks introduced a bill entitled "An act to release to the children of Joseph Roebuck, deceased, the right, title and interest of the people of the State of New York, acquired by escheat, in and to certain real estate, situate at Maspeth, in the borough of Queens, in the city of New York" (Int. No. 227), which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Stevens introduced a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 518 of the Laws of 1889, entitled 'An act to revise the charter of the village of Mount Morris,' in relation to village officers and their duties, and in relation to the adoption of the town assessment roll in said village (Int. No. 228), which was read the first time. and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on affairs of villages.

The Assembly sent for concurrence a resolution, in the words following:

Resolved (if the Senate concur), That a committee composed of three Senators and five Assemblymen, members of the committee on banks of the Senate and Assembly, respectively, be appointed to investigate the Banking Department of the State of New York, the methods thereof and the condition of the Bank Law, for the purpose of recommending, drafting and reporting before the adjournment of this session, such changes in the said law and in the methods of the said branch of the public service, and of making such other recommendations in the premises as such committee shall deem expedient or necessary.

Further Resolved, That the said committee be and hereby is authorized and empowered to require and enforce the attendance of witnesses, and the production of records, books and papers, to administer oaths and to employ counsel and stenographers, and such other employees as may be necessary for the purpose of said investigation. And the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treas ury not otherwise appropriated. for the purpose of said committee.

Said resolution was referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Coggeshall, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported the following entitled bills as correctly printed or engrossed:

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