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land, 2d October, 1854. Immigrated in 1865. Was educated in the public schools, the College of the City of New York, and the evening high school. The last he attended while employed at A. T. Stewart & Co.'s during the day. After the dissolution of that firm he entered the service of H. B. Claflin & Co. as an expert accountant.
Has not been in politics before. Declined at first the nomination for assemblyman, and accepted it only after the convention which nominated him had voted to defray the expenses of his canvass. Mr. McKenna is an honest man with a good record, and with experience should become a valuable member of the legislature.
With all the other members of his party in the assembly, Mr. McKenna voted against the state civil service reform bills. With the exception of this grave error, and one or two smaller ones, his record is excellent. His honesty was never questioned except by a notorious lobbyist at the beginning of the session. In reply to a communication from this man saying that Mr. McKenna“ would be informed “of any good job that might come up, and would be let “in with pleasure,” Mr. McKenna sent such a message by the lobbyist's agent that the third house never again approached the member from the 6th New York district. He had a sincere desire to be useful, and gave intelligent consideration to the interests of the people. He spoke often and fluently, and usually to the point, always commanding the attention of the house. He made free use of quotations, sometimes with happy effect. On 13th January he introduced a resolution providing for an additional standing committee in the assembly, to be called labor committee. When the "patent ballot-box steal" (requiring the state to buy four patent ballot-boxes of a particular kind at $25 each for every election district) was passed on the 20th
May, Mr. McKenna said fearlessly : “ Those who vote for "the bill remind me of these lines :
“: A dozen and one of 'em :
Suckers all : State needs none of 'em.
** Playing their grab-game with brotherly unity,
Lucifer's net “In a thousand prime casts such a haul could n't get.'” Received when elected, as candidate of united democracy, 4,468; John J. Simpson, republican, 3,401. Total number of votes cast, 7,969.
Member of standing committees (1) on insurance, (2) on engrossed bills.
He introduced 2 bills :
Int. No. 192. Not printed. “An act to provide for the “issue of transfer tickets by surface railroad companies “operating entirely within the limits of Manhattan Island.”
No. 868. Providing that no one employed on public works “shall be required or permitted to work more than "eight hours in each twenty-four" without receiving double pay. An absurd bill, attempting to limit in an impossible and probably unconstitutional way the rights and liberties of the citizen.
GEORGE H. HENRY. 7TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.
[7th assembly district bounded by W. 23d St., Broadway,
Bleecker St., Carmine St., 6th Ave., W. Washington Place, W. 4th St., 8th Ave., W. 16th St., and 7th Ave.] REPUBLICAN. REAL ESTATE AGENT, 32 Liberty St.
House, 14 East 10th St. Mr. Henry was born in New York, 2d July, 1848, of American parents. He graduated from Harvard College.
Mr. Henry was not a satisfactory member. While he was never accused of bribery, he is known to have done a large amount of log-rolling, and never gave any evidence that he had the smallest care for the interests of the city which he represented. Showed great friendliness for certain insurance companies. Was controlled by Cornelius Van Cott, the republican boss of the district, and has been called Van Cott's man. He did not speak in the Assembly, and exerted very little influence.
Received when elected 4,087 votes; John H. Kitchen, candidate of united democracy, 3,518. Total number of votes cast, 7,720.
Member of standing committees (1) on cities, (2) on insurance.
He introduced 20 bills. Among them were :
No. 569. Repealing section No. 263 of the consolidation act, which prohibits any one employed in the police department from holding any other public office, or accepting any nomination therefor. This bill seeks to repeal a desirable provision of law.
No. 221. Authorizing the trustees of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge to make the Bridge free to vehicles and foot passengers.
No. 705. Authorizing the police commissioners of New
York City to fix the salary of police surgeons at an amount between $2,250 and $3,000. The present salary is $2,250.
No. 977. "An act to enable marine insurance companies to acquire and hold real estate for certain purposes.” Became a law. Chapter 481, laws of 1887. Int. No. 1023.
Not printed. Authorizing board of estimate and apportionment of New York City to increase salaries of aqueduct commissioners from $5,000 to $8,000, and authorizing the aqueduct commissioners to increase the salary of their president within their discretion, with approval of board of estimate and apportionment.
8TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.
[8th assembly district bounded by Stanton St., Clinton St.,
Rivington St., Norfolk St., Division St., and Bowery.] REPUBLICAN. Liquor DEALER, 64 Essex St. (“The Silver
House, 64 Essex St. Mr. Smith's name is not Smith, but is variously reported as Solomon and Finkelstein.
He was born in New York City, 30th March, 1851, of Hungarian parents. He says his father was an adjutant-general in the Hungarian army under Kossuth. Received some education in the New York public schools. Was a hangeron of the Second Army Corps during the campaign of 1863, which culminated at Gettysburg. Was until recently a cigar-peddler. Opened his saloon this fall. Is John J. O'Brien's man in the assembly. Goes to Albany to make money, and does it. Was interested in a faro bank at 39 Bowery some years ago, and still gambles. Often interests himself in helping “crooks" of various kinds out of trouble, squaring many a case for sawdust swindlers. His associates are of the lowest. Was a member of the assembly in '84, '85, and '86, and will probably be there again in '88.
Mr. Smith is probably the worst man in the assembly. He is the recognized agent on the floor of a well-known lobbyist, and talks carelessly of having money to use for the passage or the defeat of this or that measure, for example: for the defeat of the report of the Bacon investigating committee as to the Brooklyn city government. He said then openly that he never professed to be honest, and that he had been employed to buy votes to prevent the adoption of the report. Was consistently on the side of the liquor interest, even refusing to be bound by the action of the party caucus in excise matters. He is the most injurious man to the city in the New York delegation, because of the boldness, pertinacity, and constancy of his rascality.
Received when elected 4,434 votes; Philip Wissig, as candidate of united democracy, 3,495. Total number of votes cast, 7,996.
Member of standing committees (1) on military affairs, (2) on state prisons, (3) on engrossed bills, (4) on expenditures of the executive department.
He introduced 6 bills. Among them were :
No. 96. Section 210 of the consolidation act, provides that the board of estimate and apportionment of New York City may appropriate all excise moneys collected in the city “to such benevolent or charitable institutions in "said city, which shall gratuitously aid, support or assist the “poor thereof." This bill provides that no payment may be made under this section to any dispensary or hospital maintaining a dispensary, unless the dispensary is kept open during the night.