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As a member of the committee of affairs on cities, he favored the report of that committee 'advancing the Bruns department-of-public-works bill.

Mr. Binder's votes are: Comstock's excise bill

.No. Nooney excise bill...

... AYE. Aqueduct commission bill....

... AYE. Bruns department of public works bill....




[11th Assembly district bounded by 40th St., Lexing

ton Ave., 230 St,, 6th Ave., W. 25th St., and 7th Ave.]


House, 48 West 38th St.

Chairman of committee on affairs of cities, and member of standing committees (2) on general laws, (3) on petitions of aliens.

He introduced about thirty bills, of which about onethird were by request. Among them were :

“ An act to reduce the burden upon taxpayers in the “ city of New York” (No. 190.-G. O. 146.-Int. 391). This bill requires the board of estimate and apportionment to revise the salary list of the city without, however, increasing any salary.

Prohibiting the building of elevated railways in Beaver and William streets (No. 668.-G. 0. 506.Int. 968).

Establishing municipal lodging houses, to be under the management of the department of charities and correction (No. 921.-G. 0. 665.—Int. 486). This bill became a law (Chap. 535, laws 1886).

Increasing pay of police captains from $2,000. to $2,750. (No. 657.-G. 0. 495.--Int. 706). Became a law in a modified form (Chap. 450, laws 1886).

Creating a board of street pavements (No. 1023.--G. 0.749.--Int. 1251), to consist of the mayor, the comptroller, the president of the board of aldermen, the president of the department of public parks, and the commissioner of public works, who “shall have exclusive “ control of the matter of paving and repaving the

streets and avenues of said city, with exclusive au

thority to determine the streets and avenues which " shall be paved or repaved at any time, and to select " the pavement which shall be at any time used in any “such street or avenue, in paving or repaving it.” This bill repealed section 63 of the consolidation act of 1882, which provides that “except for repairs, no pat“ ent pavement shall be laid, and no patented article “shall be advertised for, contracted for, or purchased, “ except under such circumstances that there can be a “ fair and reasonable opportunity for competition, the “ conditions to secure which shall be prescribed by the “ board of estimate and apportionment.” The bill was criticised on the ground that this repeal opened the way for fraud and favoritism in the awarding of contracts.

Prescribing the fees of the county clerk for searching, and setting a time within which requisitions for searches must be filled (No. 117.--G. 0.95.--Int. 124). The bill aims at securing greater efficiency in the performance of the work of the clerk's office. Became a law (Chap. 235, laws of 1886).

Upon the whole Mr. Hamilton's record is good,among the best made in the last assembly. While it would not be difficult to criticize his action as showing at times too much consideration for merely partisan interests, his course as to the important measures affecting the city, except the aqueduct commission bill, is to be commended.

Mr. Hamilton's votes are as follows: Comstock excise bill..

... Aye. Nooney excise bill.....

No. Aqueduct commission bill.

. AYE. Bruns department-of-public-works bill.




[12th Assembly district bounded by E. 11th St., East

River, Stanton St., and Avenue B.] COUNTY DEMOCRAT. MERCHANT; 252 Seventh Ave.

Member of standing committees (1) on trade and manufactures, (2) on expenditures of the house, (3) on joint library.

He introduced two bills;

To provide for “two additional free public baths in “ New York, which shall be set apart exclusively for “ the use of female bathers” (No. 862.-G. 0. 624.Int. 975).

To regulate the rental or charges for burglar alarm service (No. 442.-G. 0. 359.-Int. 647).

His record indicates hostility to the merit system in the civil service.

His votes are : Comstock excise bill..

.No. Nooney excise bill.

.No. Aqueduct commission bill..

.No. Bruns department-of-public-works bill.




[13th Assembly, district bounded by W. 26th St., 9th

Ave., W. 32d St., 8th Ave., W. 29th St., 7th
Ave., W. 25th St., 6th Ave., W. 23d St., 7th
Ave., W. 16th St., Hudson River.]


House, 280 West 25th St.

Chairman of standing committee on petition of aliens; member of committees (2) on roads and bridges, (3) on public health, (4) on military affairs, and of (5) sub-committee of the whole.

He introduced eight bills :

Amending consolidation act of 1882 in relation to the advertizing of property in arrears for taxes, the owners of which are unknown (No. 166.-G. 0. 129.-Int. 220).

To provide for the pensioning of employees in the department of public health who have rendered efficient service, and have exposed themselves to danger from contagious and dangerous diseases (Nos. 198 and 630.-G. 0. 155.—Int. 304).

Amending consolidation act of 1882 in relation to the granting of theatrical licenses, fixing the penalty for breaking the laws, regulating performances, and prohibiting Sunday exhibitions, etc. (Nos. 751 and 930.-G. 0. 554.-Int. 841).

Amending consolidation act of 1882 in relation to the exemption from taxes of the West Side German Dispensary (No. 861.-G. 0. 623.-Int. 1112).

Authorizing the board of estimate and apportionment to examine and pay the claim of Graham McAdam for services rendered as instructor of political sciences in the evening high school during the term of 18841885 (No. 115.-G. 0. 93.-Int. 148). Became a law (Chap. 169, laws 1886).

“ An act to release and convey to Donald McLean theright, title and interest of the people of the state “ of New York in and to certain real estate in the city “ and county of New York” (No. 1044.—3rd R’d'g 1010.-Int. 1313).

“ An act to regulate the practice of veterinary medi“ cine and surgery in the state of New York” (No. 176.-G. 0. 139.--Int. 149). This bill became a law (Chap. 313, laws 1886).

Prohibiting the use of barrels, kegs, etc., that have been used for “malt liquors or liquors” by other than their owners, and fixing penalty for willful mutilation or refusal to give up the same to their proper owners (No. 703.-G. O. 541.-Int. 959). This bill became a law (Chap. 417, laws 1886).

He seems to have been opposed to the merit system in the civil service,

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