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ALBANY, March 12, 1888. To the Legislature :

I have the honor to submit herewith, the Annual Report of the Civil Service Commissioners for 1887, with appendices,





ALBANY, March 7, 1888.

To His Excellency the Governor of the State of New York:

SIR.- The undersigned, Civil Service Commissioners, have the honor to report, that they assumed the duties of their office on December 29, 1887, about the period when the annual report of the operations of the commission for the year should have been ready for transmission.

The commission have no information of the transactions of the board for the year 1887, other than is contained in the minutes of the secretary of the commission and the records of the office. Reports from the chief examiner, local boards and


of cities have been received, from which the commission has been able to compile the principal results of the work done during the year, the substance of which is embodied in the following pages:

Competitive examinations, under the auspices of the commission, have been held during the year on fifteen different occasions, and at sixteen different places. The number of applicants appearing for examination has been 384, being 148 more than the highest number in any preceding year.

The positions for which competitive examinations have been held include, first, second and third grade clerkships (in which clerkships are embraced the subdivisions of stenographers, typewriters, book-keepers, etc.), positions as messengers, guards and keepers in the State prisons, reformatory guards, collectors of canal statistics, clerks to collectors of canal statistics, assistant examiners for the Board of Regents, temporary assistant examiners for the same board, assistant engineers, levelers and rodmen in the department of the State Engineer, principal of the literary department at the Batavia Institution for the Blind, female piano teacher at the same institution, accountants and expert in rail

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