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for intelligence, record as sergeant, seniority and personal appear. ance, and but eleven obtained a general average of seventy-five per cent. or better.

Other examinations held as follows:

Street, water and health inspectors: Number of applicants....

279 Number passing 75 per cent. or better and constituting eligible list


Plumbing inspectors:
Number of applicants. ...,
Number passing examination...

9 3

Linemen police and fire departments:
Number of applicants..
Number passing examination.




*School janitors: Number of applicants. Number rejected because they had not obtained engineer's

certificates Number passing examination..



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* A new examination is about to be held.

Drivers, fire department: Number of applicants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Number passing examination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Patrolmen: Examination not completed.

Number of applicants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 571
Patrol drivers: Examination not completed.
Number of applicants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Under schedule D (labor registration) 2,158 persons have filed the blanks prescribed for such registration.

By authority of the emergency clause of the labor rules, in urgent cases, such as the necessity for immediately removing snow and ice from sidewalks and streets after a heavy storm at night, when it would be impossible to wait until a requisition could be made upon this office and notice sent to those registered, the bureau of streets has employed at various times from 39 to 450 men for periods from one to five days, which employment has been duly reported to this commission.

In conclusion we desire to say that the new law is being faithfully executed, in spirit as well as letter, and on the whole it is working smoothly and harmoniously. We heartily commend the system of checking payrolls, as it places directly in the hands of

the commission the power to enforce its regulations and the opportunity to learn whether or not the law is being complied with.

We are inclined to the belief, however, that the line of exemptions is drawn too close and that positions which are clearly confidential should be placed in the exempt class. Deputy or assistant clerks of boards or commissions, who, in the absence of, act for such clerks, should be placed in the exempt class, when such clerks are so placed; otherwise it is anomalous.

The law has been in force for so short a time that we are unable to make any further suggestions for change or amendment until the practical necessity in the course of its administration shall suggest itself.

We respectfully submit the foregoing report, together with the complete roster of the civil service of Buffalo hereunto attached.

Respectfully yours

President Wu B. DICKINSON


To the Civil Service Board, State of New York

Gentlemen: The municipal civil service board of the city of Cohoes, N. Y., herewith submits its annual report for the year 1899.

Number meetings held, four. Number of examinations, two (one for policemen, one for sewer inspectors).

This board would respectfully report that the laws in relation to civil service are in working order for Cohoes, but not as we hope to have it in the near future.

Payrolls of each department are being certified and each department is taking more interest in this matter than before.

There have been no changes in the rosters of both classified and unclassified service for 1899, with the exception of the appointment of two policemen and four sewer inspectors.

Two men have been appointed on probation in the fire department. There being no eligible list for that department, this board allowed their appointment until such examination could be held. We expect to hold sứch examination in a few days.

The civil service law has greatly benefited this city, giving them a better class of employees than could be appointed in any other manner. All of which is respectfully submitted. (Signed)


W. S. CLARK, Clerk
Cohoes, N. Y., January 15, 1900

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DUNKIRK, N. Y., January 27, 1900 The State Civil Service Commission, Albany, N. Y.

Gentlemen: We have the honor to report, as to the administration of the civil service law in the city of Dunkirk, as follows:

This board has formed rules for the civil service of this city according to the state law, which rules were duly approved by your honorable body, and the classified service is governed according to said rules.

We find that a better class of help could be obtained if they were not required to take an examination. Many persons who could fill the positions satisfactorily will not take the examinations, and the appointing powers are sometimes forced to make appointments which are not desirable.

In conclusion we would say that we do not consider the civil service law to be for the best interests of this city.



Commissioners W. C. BAUMGARTNER, Secretary


To the State Civil Service Commission, Albany, N. Y.

Gentlemen: Pursuant to the statute, the undersigned, the civil service commissioners in and for the city of Elmira, N. Y., present this their annual report for the year 1899, in the manner and form following:

FIRST-GENERAL STATEMENT Two statutes in relation to the civil service have been in operation during the year 1899—in the beginning the “Black law” and latterly the “ White law”-statutes which in some respects are as radically different as their names imply. And in consequence, the administration of the civil service in and for the city of Elmira has necessarily been modified to meet the requirements of new changes in the statute.

As the administration of the civil service in cities necessarily extends to and affects all departments thereof and includes all employees in the classified service therein, any change of statute which alters and modifies to a technical extent the methods of appointment and employment; which increases the number of positions to be affected thereby; which places new responsibilities and duties upon the officials of departments; which adds to the executive scope and authority of local commissions—any such change of statute necessarily presents new questions concerning legislative intentions and likewise concerning the practice and methods to be pursued in accordance there with. Of course under new statutes, new questions such as these invariably arise in the minds of administrative officers. Especially is this applicable under statutory changes which concern so broad and extensive a subject as the civil service; and many questions which involve intricate points, not clearly determined by the statute, necessarily arise. We have considered in some instances certain questions such as these, and though they were not of any great materiality, we have endeavored to meet them in a practical way. Our attention has also been called to certain questions arising in other cities, which courts have been called upon to consider, and which seem to effect certain methods prescribed by our rules and regulations, to which we call your attention in a later paragraph. Although in some few instances it has seemed to take a longer time than ordinarily is necessary for department officials and appointing powers to familiarize themselves with the technical requirements of the new statute, we are pleased, however, to state that our endeavor to enforce the new provisions, and our effort to make the administration of the civil service in and for the city of Elmira as thorough and as practical as in the statute provided, has in a general way met with encouragement, satisfaction and success. In the beginning of 1900 we find the civil service in the city of Elmira fairly well established under the present statute and the practical methods set forth in our rules and regulations, in force and operation. And by way of commendation to the present statute, we desire to observe that we have been enabled by

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