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LIST OF APPOINTMENTS.
General inspector of rifle practice.
Civil Service Commission.
State Engineer and Surveyor.
Martin Schenck, Whitehall, rodman, August 2.
Asylum for Insane Criminals, Auburn, N. Y.
Willard Asylum, Willard, N. Y.
Asylum for Idiots, Syracuse, N. Y. James C. Carson, M. D., New York, superintendent, December 1.
Hudson River State Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Frederick Peterson, first assistant physician, November 18, 1884. Charles E. Atwood, third assistant physician, December 25, 1884.
Supreme Court, Kings County.
Number of positions in Schedule D filled under the Civil Service rules from January 4, 1884, to January 1, 1885, 386. STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF PERSONS ADMITTED TO COMPETITIVE
Birth-place. In State of New York
191 In other parts of the United States
17 In foreign countries...
Mechanics and laborers...
66 43 11
Eighteen other kinds of business..
Average age of candidates thirty-two years.
Had been previously in civil service, 2; had been previously in United States military service, 6; had been previously in United States naval service, 1.
Education. Common school
3 Total ...
DISTRIBUTION IN THE SCHEDULES OF THE EMPLOYES IN EACH DE
The following positions have been included in the classified service since the original promulgation of those rules, and are additional to the above: Court officers and clerks ..
350 New York Board of Excise.
50 Health officers under general act...
To the Honorable the Judiciary Committee of the Assembly:
In response to the request of your Honorable Committee, the Civil Service Commission has the honor to submit the following suggestions in reference to a bill before your Committee, “ defining and restricting the powers of the Civil Service Commission in regard to certain qualifications in receiving and considering applications for appointment to the Civil Service of the State.
I. The bill has been drawn under a misapprehension of the existing law, and the powers of the Commission under it. The Governor of the State alone has the power to establish a classification of the Civil Service, and to promulgate the rules to regulate it (SS 2, 6 of the act).
The function of the Commission is to aid the Governor, as he may request, in preparing suitable rules for carrying the act into effect. 2. The Commission properly and necessarily perform the work, but the Governor's approval can alone give it vitality. This is similar to the National Civil Service in which the rules are established by the President.
The fixing of the rules by the chief executive officer instead of by a statute, seems wise. Flexibility in rules, and the power to speedily modify them to meet emergencies, and to correct mistakes, are indispensable in the early stages of an administrative reform like Civil Service. Like power has been conferred upon the Judges of the Court of Appeals with regard to rules for admission to the bar. The delegation of such a power is purely a question of policy and expediency.
II. The bill in question is not in harmony with the intent of the Civil Service Act, but is opposed to its principles, and if it should become a law would tend to defeat the object of that act, and embarrass its execution. It would substitute an arbitrary statute for mere rules which may be changed or modified in the discretion of the executive as the necessities of the service, justice to the people, and enlightened public sentiment, may seem to require.
III. The system of appointment to subordinate positions in the public service established by the Civil Service Act, which had nearly
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