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Civil Service Commission.—The secretary.
Department of Agriculture.—Nine assistant commissioners.
Sing Sing Prison.—The State detective.
State School for the Blind, Batavia.—The musical director.

Industrial School, Rochester.—The chief of the department of discipline.

House of Refuge for Women, Hudson. The clerk to the board of managers.

Solders' and Sailors' Home, Bath. The bookkeeper, the treasurer's clerk, the clerk, the engineers, the assistant engineers.

Court of Appeals.—The financial clerk.

In the courts.—The police clerk and the interpreter of each magistrate's court, New York city; the secretary of the board of police magistrates, New York city; the interpreter, Court of Special Sessions, New York city; the assistant clerk of each Dis trict Court.

CLASS II TO CLASS I. Secretary of State.—The deputies, the chief clerk, the confidential clerk, the stenographer.

Comptroller.—The deputies, the stenographer.

Treasurer.—The deputies, the confidential clerk, the stenographer.

Attorney-General.—The confidential clerk, the stenographer.

Engineer and Surveyor.–The confidential clerk, the stenographer.

Insurance Department.—The confidential examiners, two stenographers, the chief clerk of the tax department.

Banking Department.—The confidential examiners, the stenographer.

Department of Public Instruction.—The deputies.
The State Prisons.—The agents and wardens.
Court of Appeals.—The law examiners.
Railroad Commission. The inspector.

Department of Public Works.—The deputy, the private secretary, the stenographer.

Department of Public Buildings. The superintendent, the paymaster. .

Bureau of Statistics of Labor.—The deputy.
State hospitals, asylums and houses of refuge.—The stewards.
Normal Schools.—The principals.

CLASS III TO CLASS II. In the State hospitals, asylums and charitable institutions.The storekeepers.

Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission.—The chief protector, two assistants to the chief protector, the oyster protector.

The State prisons.—The watchmen. .
Elmira Reformatory.-The watchmen, the overseers.
Industrial School, Rochester.—The assistant matrons.

House of Refuge for Women, Hudson.—The storekeeper, the assistant matrons.

House of Refuge for Women, Albion.—The storekeeper, the assistant matrons.

School for the Blind, Batavia.—The storekeeper, the assistant matrons.

Requests for Changes in the Civil Service Classification Denied.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. At a meeting of the Commission, held February 26, 1897, the request of Hon. Charles R. Skinner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, that the position of statistical clerk be included in Class I of the State Civil Service classification, was denied, for the reason that it was the opinion of the Commission that the position could be filled through competitive examination,

STATE COMMISSION OF PRISONS. At a meeting of the Commission, held June 3, 1897, a communication under date of June 3d, from William J. Mantanye, vice-president of the State Commission of Prisons, was read, requesting that the State Commission of Prisons be allowed to appoint a general office assistant at a salary of $1,000 per annum, and that said position be included in Class III of the State classification. The request was denied, and the secretary was directed to communicate with the Commission of Prisons and inform them that the name of Mr. Straat, whom they desire to appoint, appears upon the eligible list for general clerkships, and that such list can be certified to said Commission when new rules are promulgated by the Governor.


At a meeting of the Commission, held December 14, 1897, the request of Hon. George W. Aldridge, Superintendent of Public Works, that the position of inspector under the Navigation Law, chapter 592, Laws of 1897, in the Department of Public Works, be included in Class I of the State Civil Service classification, was denied.

Rulings of the Commission. JUNIOR PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL INTERNES. Whereas, Great difficulty has been found in securing a sufficient number of eligible candidates for the positions of junior physician and medi al interne in the State hospitals, and the Commission does not deem it advisable to lower the grade of examination for such positions,

Resolved, That the requirements of Civil Service rule IX, as to residence and citizenship be suspended in regard to such positions until further action of the Commission. (January 5, 1897.)

Resolved, That on account of the difficulty of keeping full eligible lists for the position of medical interne in the State hospitals, the limitation of one year in regard to new examinations, as provided in section 6 of rule X, be suspended in regard to such position of medical interne, and that six months be substituted for the limitation thereunder. (March 31, 1897.)

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY. The request of Melvil Dewey, secretary of the Regents of the University, that the restrictions regarding residence and citizenship be removed in the examination for senior examiners in Eng. lish, was denied. (January 26, 1897.)

VETERANS. Whereas, The Court of Appeals, in the application of George Keymer for a writ of mandamus, has decided that section 9 of article V of the Constitution, relative to the civil service of the State and of the civil divisions thereof “according to its letter and spirit contemplates that in all examinations, competitive and non-competitive, the veterans of the civil war have no preference over other citizens of the State, but when, as a result of those examinations, a list is made up from which appointments and promotions can be made, consisting of those whose merit and fitness have been duly ascertained, then the veteran is entitled to preference without regard to his standing on this list,” and

Whereas, A proper age is a necessary element in fitness for many positions in the civil service, and this Commission has at the request of appointing officers established certain limitations of age as necessary qualifications in the examination for certain positions,

Resolved, That such limitations of age are applicable to veterans as well as all other citizens, and that no preference in such respect can be granted to any class, and would be inconsistent with the Constitutional provision as interpreted by, the courts. (January 26, 1897.)

STATE GEOLOGIST. Resolved, That for the reasons set forth in a communication from State Geologist Hall under date of January 14, 1897, that under the provisions of section 9 of rule 8, the State Geologist is authorized to employ Mr. Heinrich Ries for special work in making examinations of the shales of the several geologic formations of the State, and special examinations of limestones. (January 26, 1897.)

Resolved, That under the provisions of section 8 of civil service rule 8, State Geologist Hall is hereby authorized to appoint the following named persons temporarily for the purposes set forth herein, it being the sense of the Commission that competitive examinations are not practicable; namely, Professor Edward Orton, to make survey and report upon the oil and gas producing areas within the State, at a salary of $150 a month; Professors J. F. Kemp, C. H. Smyth, Jr. and H. P. Cushing, on work in determining the areas of certain geologic formations and completing the geologic map for the northern part of the State, at salaries of $400, each; Professor C. F. Prosser, in determining the areas of certain geologic formations in the southeastern part of the State and completing the geologic map, with an allowance of $200 for field expenses; Professor I. P. Bishop, in the same work in the western part of the State, for the sum of $250 and expenses; C. J. Sarles, to perform similar duties, at a salary of $35 per month. (June 3, 1897.)


Resolved, That by request of the justices of the appellate Wivision of the Supreme Court, first department, the maximum age limit for the position of court attendant in the Supreme Court be and hereby is fixed at forty-five years. (January 26, 1897.)

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The following communication from Mr. George L. Betts, consultation clerk, Supreme Court, appellate division, second judicial department, was read:

“In answer to your inquiry, on behalf of the Civil Service Commission, addressed on the 7th ultimo to the Hon. Charles F. Brown, I am directed by the justices of the appellate division of the second department to inform you that, in their judgment, the special commissioner of jurors is a county officer, and not a part of the court or judicial system of the State, in what the justices regard as the proper sense of the latter term.” (February 26, 1897.)

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