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Also, a bill entitled "An act making an appropriation for the State normal and training school at New Paltz," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Saxton introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for the erection of a state armory in the village of Geneva, and making an appropriation therefor," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Birkett introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for the appointment of an additional police justice in the city of Brooklyn, and to regulate the hearing of appeals from courts of Special Sessions therein in the Central Criminal Court which is hereby created," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on cities.

Mr. Ahearn introduced a bill entitled "An act relative to common schools in the city of New York," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on cities.

Mr. Collins introduced a bill entitled "An act to reappropriate money for the erection of an armory in the village of Hoosick Falls as provided in chapter 677 of the Laws of 1887," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Also, a bill entitled "An act making an appropriation to pay the claim of Matthew E. Dunn for labor performed and material furnished in the construction of a bridge over the Erie canal at John street, in the city of Utica," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Fassett introduced a bill entitled "An act to provide for rapid transit railways in cities of over 1,000,000 inhabitants," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads.

Mr. Fassett moved that the committee on railroads be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, that it be reported for printing and, when printed, to be recommitted to the committee on railroads.

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

Mr. Coggeshall introduced a bill entitled "An act to extend the boundaries of the city of Utica northerly, and to authorize said city to reimbuse expenditures for the building and maintaining of the Deerfield Macadam road," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on cities.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 534 of the Laws of 1879, entitled 'An act for the preservation of moose, wild deer, birds, fish and other game, as amended by chapter 531 of the Laws of 1880, and as amended by chapter 584 of the Laws of 1880, and as amended by chapter 269 of the Laws of 1884," which was read the

first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on game laws.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to amend section 1 of chapter 534 of the Laws of 1879, entitled 'An act for the preservation of moose, wild deer, birds, fish and other game,' as amended by chapter 501 of the Laws of 1888," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on game laws.

Mr. Robertson offered the following:

Resolved, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby requested to furnish the Senate, at his earliest convenience, with a copy of the printing contract now in force between the State and the public printer.

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

Mr. Stewart offered the following:

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York in Legislature assembled do hereby respectfully petition the Honorable the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States, that the city of New York be chosen as the site for the projected International Exposition of 1892; and, further

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Honorable the Senate and the House of Representatives at Washington, through the medium of the Vice-President of the United States and the Speaker of the House.

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

Mr. Fassett offered the following:

Whereas, The administration of cities is now universally recognized as among the most difficult problems of government; and,

Whereas, In the absence of a general law very great diversity exists between the charters of the several cities of this State, continuous appeals to the Legislature for the amendment of which charters result in decided evils, consuming the time of the Legislature, incumbering the statute books, confusing the laws and involving municipal administration in all of the difficulties attendant upon instability and uncertainty; and,

Whereas, This is particularly true of the great metropolitan city of New York, as appears from the following statement in the last annual message of the mayor of that city to the board of aldermen : "Our water front has been permitted to grow up without any system of regulation or control. It has been made the subject of various grants which have developed into a fruitful source of conflicting claims as to title between the city and private individuals, and as to jurisdiction between the different departments of the municipal government.

"The control of our streets has been suffered to pass largely from the hands of the city officers. Various corporations appear to have obtained from the Legislature power to open trenches in our thoroughfares at their own discretion, and the newest and best-laid pavements are liable to be disturbed and endangered by the agents [SENATE JOURNAL.]

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of private enterprises, while the public authorities are forbidden to interfere for the protection of the public property.

"Many of the laws which govern the municipality have, by successive enactments, been reduced to a state of confusion which makes their enforcement and even their interpretation, exceedingly difficult, while the local ordinances emanating from various departments clothed with the power of enacting them, are seldom understood by the people and often irreconcilable with one another;' and,

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Whereas, The result of this condition of the laws is not only a complete absence of the general system and method, but grave specific evils in the administration of particular cities; now be it, therefore,

Resolved, That the committee on cities be and it hereby is authorized and directed to undertake and prosecute, during the term of the present Senate, a general inquiry concerning the government of cities, as well as concerning the condition of the laws relating thereto, and the administration and actual methods and conditions thereof, of any city, or any department or bureau or officer of any city in this State, with power of itself, or by any subcommittee of its own members which it may appoint, to summon witnesses, and to examine them under oath, to send for and examine books and papers, and to hold meetings at such times and places as to such committee or subcommittee may seem requisite and proper, and the said committee is hereby authorized to employ counsel and stenographers and such accountants, auditors and assistants as may be requisite to enable it to thoroughly prosecute the inquest herein provided for; and such committee shall, from time to time, when in its judgment the results of its inquest and the public welfare require, report to the Senate such matter or matters as may demand immediate legislative action, and without awaiting its final report upon the question. of the amendment and systematizing of the general body of laws relative to the government of cities.

Debate arising thereon,

Said resolution was laid upon the table.

The Senate went into open executive session, and after some time spent therein legislative business was resumed.

Mr. Fassett 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 21, 1890.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by Rev. J. A. Littell.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

The President presented the report of the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society Orphan Asylum of New York; which was laid upon the table and ordered printed.

(See Assem. Doc. No. 42.)

Also, a communication from the Secretary of State in the words following:

ALBANY, January 21, 1890.

Hon. EDWARD F. JONES, President of the State Senate;

SIR.-This office acknowledges the receipt of the following Senate resolution:

Resolved, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is requested to furnish the Senate at his earliest convenience with a copy of the printing contract now in force between the State and the public printer.

By order,

JOHN S. KENYON, Clerk.

In reply, I have to state that no contracts in the matter of printing' either original or copies, are on file in this office.

Respectfully yours.

FRANK RICE,
Secretary of State.

Mr. Cantor (for Mr. Stadler) introduced a bill entitled "An act for the protection of fish in the waters of Jamaica bay, Kings and Queens counties, New York," 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. Hawkins introduced a bill entitled "An act to cede to the town of Smithtown, in the county of Suffolk, lands under tide-waters within the limits of said town," 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.

Also, a bill entitled "An act to amend chapter 230 of the Laws of 1884, entitled 'An act to authorize and enable the county of Kings, for the care, custody and relief of its poor and insane, to purchase, erect and maintain, outside of the limits of said county, a farm and buildings, and to issue bonds to meet the expense thereof,'" 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. Coggeshall introduced a bill entitled "An act to establish a State Board of Highway Commissioners, and to provide for the uniform improvement of the public highways," which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on general laws.

Leave of absence was granted to Messrs. Hunter, McNaughton and Stadler.

Mr. Fassett moved to take from the table the resolution with reference to the committee on cities, offered January 20, and moved its adoption.

Mr. Cantor moved to strike out the words "committee on cities," and insert the words "special committee, three from majority, three from the minority, to be appointed by the temporary President."

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

The President then put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion of Mr. Fassett, and it was decided in the affirmative, as follows:

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The Assembly returned the concurrent resolution relative to the site for the World's fair in 1892, with a message that they have concurred in the passage of the same.

Mr. Erwin offered the following:

Resolved, That the Treasurer of the State be and he hereby is requested to report to the Senate within ten days the total moneys actually in the treasury; also the several amounts held by the banks respectively, and what banks now have said moneys together with the rate of interest paid, and the amounts upon which interest is paid, and the length of time said banks have held said money. Debate arising thereon,

Said resolution was laid upon the table.

Mr. Robertson desired to be recorded as voting in the affirmative on Mr. Fassett's resolution.

Mr. O'Connor was granted leave of absence.

On motion of Mr. Linson, the Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1890.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by Rev. W. W. Battershall.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.
The temporary President in the chair.

Mr. Robertson, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill introduced by Mr. Deane, Int. No. 73, entitled "An act to authorize and direct the recording of certain notices of pendency of actions, and to prepare suitable indices to the said records," reported in favor of the passage of the same, which report was agreed to, and said bill committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Robertson, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill introduced by Mr. Robertson, Int. No. 39, entitled "An act to amend sections 749, 755 and 768 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, relative to the review of commitments of children on appeal," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and the title amended so as to read "An act to amend sections

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