Leadership

FIRE AND WATER

Issue 18 and Volume 23.

FIRE AND WATER SOME time ago, on the application of former Mayor Gleason, Justice Gaynor granted a temporary injunction against the Citizens’ Water Supply Company, of Newtown, borough of Queens, N. Y., which restrained Water Commissioner Dalton, of this city, from contracting with that company for the supply of water to the borough, unless the proposals were first advertised. The Appellate division of the Supreme court has just reversed that decision, on the ground that a contract for water supply is not such a supply as is generally understood in commercial language and means something entirely different from a contract for the purchase and supply of nails or a similar commodity. It is the intent of the statute to confer upon the commissioner power to superintend the supply of water, to supervise not alone the source of public supply, but the source of private supply. It is not for him…

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