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Received when elected, as candidate of the United Democracy, 6,113 votes; Frank A. Higgins, Republican, 3,677. Total number of votes cast, 9,865.

Member of standing committee on Ways and Means.
He introduced 12 bills. Among them were :

No. 79. Reducing the rates of interest which pawnbrokers may charge, from 3 per cent. a month, for the first six months, and 2 per cent. thereafter, to i per cent. a month for all periods. A strike.

No. 184. Authorizing the setting apart of one pier in each six, on the East and North Rivers, for the free public use of the people of the city, and for the free use of boats plying upon the canals, rivers and lakes of this State, which may bring merchandise to the city. The design of this bill is to provide for the taking of the piers (other than ferries), and causing them to be rebuilt with an upper story “where the people may have opportunity for amusement and recreation," the lower stories to be used by the “boats." Apparently buncombe; if enacted, would give ample opportunities for blackmail in the selection of the piers.

No. 245. Requiring adulterated lard offered for sale to be marked with that fact, and the percentage of the adulteration. A strike.

No. 261. Reducing the rates of ferriage on the Greenpoint ferry. A strike.

No. 410. Requiring that the contractor for the erection of the new municipal building, must be a citizen and resident of the State.

No. 440. Reducing the number of days upon which racing may take place upon any one track, from thirty to ten

in each year.

No. 1242.

A similar bill, making the number of days twelve instead of ten. Both these bills are strikes against the racing associations and pool sellers.

No. 1116. Increasing salaries of doormen of police from $1,000 to $1,200.

Reducing telephone rents. A favorite strike.

Extending to all loans on collateral of negotiable character, the present exemption from the usury laws, in favor of call loans on similar collateral.

No. 1324.

No. 1375

STEPHEN J. O'HARE. 18th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT. [18th assembly district bounded by E. 42d St., East River,

E. 26th St., 3rd Ave., E. 23d St., and Lexington Ave.]

House, 309 East 37th Street. Mr. O'Hare was born in New York City, November 2d, 1853, and is a lawyer. Was member of assembly in 1876 and 1877, from the old 18th district.

Mr. O'Hare has more ability than the usual run of Tammany members in the House; he was for Tammany “first, last and always." He acted as counsel for liquor dealers prosecuted for violating the Excise laws, and was one of their champions in the assembly. Happily his efforts to pass the Endres Police Spy Bill failed. The bills he introduced were not of the suspicious sort, but he could be depended on to fight against any measure that had public, as opposed to Tammany, advantage for its aim.

Received when elected, 4,635 votes; Robert O'Byrne, County Democrat and Republican, 3,391. Total number of votes cast, 8,097.

Member of Standing Committees : (1) on General Laws and (2) on Revision.

He introduced 3 bills:

Nos. 154 and 1261. Amending Chapter 57 of the Laws of 1883, relating to the copying of the records, maps or papers in the custody of the County Clerk, Register, Surrogate or other county officer of this county, when they shall have become mutilated.

Nos. 1191, 1283 and 1521. Amending sections 2512 and 2546 of the code of civil procedure, relating to the powers of the Surrogate as to stenographer's fees and the appointment of referees.

No. 802. Amending the Banking Code of 1882 : (1) by empowering the State Superintendent summarily to appoint a receiver of any bank, etc., that he is satisfied has over-certified checks; (2) by requiring the founders of a banking corporation to be not fewer than 1o, and increasing the minimum capital to be paid in; (3) by requiring each director to own at least 2 per cent of the whole capital stock; (4) by making over-certification felony, on the part of any officer or agent concerned therein, and (5) by forbidding any one person to be a director or trustee of more than three banking institutions.

On the 10th February he introduced a resolution calling for an investigation of the Lenox Hill and other banks.


JOHN CONNELLY. 19TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT. [19th assembly district includes all of Manhattan Island

north of West 52d St. and west of 7th Ave. and Central


House, 213 W. 105th Street.
Mr. Connelly was born in Ireland, ioth April, 1857, of

Irish parents. He immigrated to this country in 1870. He was a plumber for five years, and afterward a ticket agent on the elevated railroad in New York for seven years.

He was a clerk in the sheriff's office in New York. Has had no regular business for a number of years outside of politics—objects to being classed as a politician. Served in the Assembly of 1888, and left a record as a light weight. Served in the Assembly of 1889, and showed great improvement. During the past session, Mr. Connelly showed still further improvement. He was active in opposing the Cable Bill, Aqueduct Claim Bill, and other bad measures. He has steadily gained the respect of his fellow members. Is industrious and faithful in his attendance at sessions of the House. Considering that he is a partisan, and a Tammany partisan at that, Mr. Connelly is a good assemblyman. His success in passing his excellent Loan Association Bill, in the face of stroog and corrupt oppposition, deserves hearty praise. He is a refreshing instance of a man, whose usefulness as a legislator has increased with each session of his service.

Received when elected, 7,716 votes; Henry B. Altman, Republican, 5,498 ; Lawson N. Fuller, County Democrat, 1,641. Total number of votes cast, 14,982.

Member of Standing Committees: (1) on Revision and (2) on Insurance.

He introduced 9 bills. Among them were :

No. 69. Amending section 291 of the Penal Code relative to the commitment of children, by permitting the commitment to be reviewed upon certiorari to any court of record. Introduced in 1889 by Mr. Hamilton.

No. 70. To provide for the weekly payment of wages by corporations. Introduced in Senate by Mr. Roesch. With amendments, became a law. Chapter 388, Laws of 1890.

No. 102. His old bill, providing for the appointment of two additional State Assessors of Taxation, one of whom to be a resident of this city, the other to be from any other county. Last year, the bill provided that the second assessor should come from Brooklyn.

Nos. 357 and 784. Providing that “ Building and Loan Associations” and similar organizations organized under the laws of any other State than New York, shall make a detailed report of their financial condition yearly to the State Department of Banking, and shall deposit, with the State Superintendent of Banking, the sum of $100,000 before doing business within the State. Became a law. Chapter 146, Laws of 1890.

Nos. 1254, 1396 and 1517, amending the consolidation act relative to the construction of buildings. This bill purports to improve the present building law, by making certain stringent rules as to the construction, remodelling and supervision of buildings. While some of the contemplated changes are good, others are bad, and perhaps impracticable. As a whole, the bill is crude. It also contains a provision to compensate the Superintendent and Clerk of the Bureau of Buildings, at the rate of ten dollars per day, when sitting with the Board of Examiners.

No. 1380, Mayor Grant's Rapid Transit bill, introduced in Senate by Mr. Ives.

MYER J. STEIN. 20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT. [20th assembly district bounded by E. 59th St., East River,

E. 42d St., and Lexington Ave. Includes also Black-
well's Island.]

House, 202 East 52d Street.
Mr. Stein was born in New York City, 6th December,

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