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OF THE

STATE

Civil Service Commission

COMMISSIONERS

WILLARD A. COBB

SILAS W. BURT
WM. MILLER COLLIER

TRANSMITTED TO THE LEGISLATURE MARCH 13, 1900

ALBANY
JAMES B. LYON, STATE PRINTER

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STATE OF New YORK-EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, March 13, 1900. To the Legislature:

I have the honor to transmit herewith the seventeenth report of the State Civil Service Commission.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

REPORT

ALBANY, N. Y., February 15, 1900

To the Governor of the State of New York:

The State Civil Service Commission herewith submits its an. nual report for the year ending December 31, 1899.

Composition of Commission On the 1st of February, Wm. Miller Collier of Auburn was appointed state civil service commissioner to succeed Hon. George P. Lord, who had resigned. This is the only change in the Commission, its organization remaining the same as during the past year.

Civil Service Legislation The year of 1899 was the high-water mark for the cause of Civil Service Reform, in so far as legislation was concerned. On the 19th of April of that year, the present civil service law, commonly known as the White law, went into effect. Even those persons who question the wisdom or practicability of the system of civil service appointment provided for in the constitution of the state and in this statute generally concede that the law is broad in its scope, fair in the method of administration which it authorizes, and virile in its provisions for enforcement. However worthy may have been the motives of those who brought about the passage of the former civil service law, commonly known as the Black act, which authorized a system of dual exami

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