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only to Albany and Rensselaer Counties so as to make the old act apply only to Rensselaer County and the new act only to Albany. It very nearly doubles the salary of the man now in office, and makes a change in the appointing power. It is questionable whether the courts would decide the act to be constitutional. In any event, its constitutionality would have to be tested in the courts. It is clearly and purposely drawn so that if it does not violate, it evades, the constitutional requirements. If there were a great public policy to be served, I might, though reluctantly, sign the bill, and run the risk of having it declared unconstitutional; but there is no sufficient reason for enacting the law in its present shape. The end sought can be reached quite as well, if the circumstances warrant it, by including Albany and Rensselaer with other counties in the general law.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

CERTIFICATION OF THE NECESSITY OF THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL No. 1492, RELATING TO ELECTIONS

State Of New York

Executive Chamber

To The Legislature:

It appearing to my satisfaction that the public interest requires it;

Therefore In accordance with the provisions of section fifteen of article three of the Constitution and by virtue of the authority thereby conferred upon me, I do hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate passage of Senate bill number i492 (Introductory number 608) entitled "An Act to amend chapter nine hundred and nine of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-six, entitled 'An Act in relation to the elections, constituting chapter six of the general laws,' and the several acts amendatory thereof."

Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State at the Capitol in the city of Albany this [l S] twenty-sixth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninetynine.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

By the Governor:

Wm. J. Youngs

Secretary to the Governor

VETO OF ASSEMBLY BILL No. i457, AMENDING THE GREATER NEW YORK CHARTER AS TO MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

State Of New York

Executive Chamber

Albany, April 27, i899

To The Assembly:

I herewith return without approval Assembly bill printed No. ii09-i457 introduced by Mr. Meister, entitled "An Act to amend ' The Greater New York Charter relative to the legislative department".

This bill purports to be an amendment of a section. In reality it is a repeal of a section. The framers of the New York Charter very wisely applied to members of the Municipal Assembly the same rule made applicable by the Constitution of the State (Sec. 7, Art. Ill) to members of the State Legislature, by prohibiting them during the term for which they were elected from being eligible for appointment to any other office under the city. It also prohibits them from being contractors with or an employee of the city. The present bill nullifies this provision by adding a clause which permits any member of the Municipal Assembly to avoid the provisions of the section by simply resigning membership in the said Assembly. All the considerations which made it wise to enact the original section make it unwise now to nullify it by this amendment.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

CERTIFICATION OF THE NECESSITY OF THE PASSAGE OF ASSEMBLY BILL No. 245i, AMENDING THE LAW REGULATING ENROLLMENT

State Of New York

Executive Chamber

To The Legislature:

It appearing to my satisfaction that the public interest requires it;

Therefore In accordance with the provisions of section fifteen of article three of the Constitution and by virtue of the authority thereby conferred upon me. I do hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate passage of Assembly bill number 245i (Introductory number ii06) entitled "An Act to amend chapter one hundred and seventy-nine of the general laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, entitled 'An Act in relation to enrollment for political parties, primary elections, conventions, and political committees,' relative to the enrollment for and holding of primary elections ".

Given under'my hand and the Privy Seal of the State at the Capitol in the city of Albany this [l S] twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninetynine.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

By the Governor:

Wm. J. Youngs

Secretary to the Governor

CERTIFICATION OF THE NECESSITY OF THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL No. i496, TO ESTABLISH A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

State Of New York

Executive Chamber

To The Legislature:

It appearing to my satisfaction that the public interest requires it;

Therefore In accordance with the provisions of section fifteen of article three of the Constitution and by virtue of the authority thereby conferred upon me, I do hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate passage of Senate bill number i496 (being Assembly reprint number i697) entitled "An Act to establish a separate department of elections in the city of New York ".

Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State at the Capitol in the city of Albany this [l S] twenty-seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninetynine.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

By the Governor:

Wm. J. Youngs

Secretary to the Governor

CERTIFICATION OF THE NECESSITY OF THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL No. i399, RELATING TO CITIES OF THE SECOND CLASS

State Of New York

Executive Chamber

To The Legislature:

It appearing to my satisfaction that the public interest requires it;

Therefore In accordance with the provisions of section fifteen of article three of the Constitution and by virtue of the authority thereby conferred upon me, I do hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate passage of Senate bill number i399 (introductory number 630 and Assembly reprint number 2449) entitled "An Act to amend chapter one hundred and eighty-two of the laws

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