Convention of New York State Firemen
The fortieth annual convention of the New York State Firemen’s Association was held in Newburg last week, and was considered one of the most successful meetings the association ever held, both in point of attendance and business accomplished. The proceedings were somewhat delayed by the non-arrival of some of the prominent members of the association and it was shortly after the appointed hour when President _____red A. Davis rapped for order. On the platform with Mr. Davis were Hon. John B. Corwin, Rev. Michael Salley, D.D.; Recorder Peter Cantline. J. F. Murphy, president of the Central New York Firemen’s Association; President C. F. Simons of the Southern New York Association; President Mead of the Onondaga County Association and Frederick W. Wilson. After the reading of a notice by the secretary to the effect that delegates might get a full and complete report of the convention of George B. hales of Troy, President Davis introduced Rev. Dr. Salley, who invoked the Divine blessing upon the assemblage. Mayor Corwin and Recorder Cantline welcomed the firemen to the city, and were responded to by President Davis, John L. Kyne and others. The convention was somewhat marred by hitter attacks upon members by others who believed that the association would he better off without their presence, Quite a sharp attack was made on Thomas O’Connor ot Watertown, chairman of the law committee by one of the delegates, who read a circular which practically charged O’Connor with wasteful expenditure of funds. Mr. O’Connor replied, taking the delegate to task and declaring that there was absolutely nothing to the charges made. Delegate Daly offered a resolution exonerating Mr O’Connor of all blame and this was unanimously carried, and he was voted $2,500 for his services. Albert H. Marquis, of the borough of Queens had circulated a paper attacking John B. Merrill of Woodhaven, claiming that Mr. Merrill had been suspended from the fire department for non-payment of dues, and that Robert McMahon of the same fire company had been bounced for being a common disturber. Mr. Merrill retorted by speaking disparingly of Marquis because he was janitor of a public building. The result was an animated rumpus in which many took part. Upon invitation of the mayor of Utica the association voted to hold its next convention in that city. The folowing officers were elected: President. Fred A. Davis, of Fort Edward; first vice-president. P. J. Duff, of Queens county; second vice-president, John B. Sells of Westchester county; secretary, Thomas Honohan of Frankfort; treasurer, John P. Powers of Ossining; trustees of the firemen’s home, Frank Baldwin of Far Rockaway, William H. Swartwout, of Brooklyn, and George T. Kelly of Yonkers; member of the executive committee, J, Frank Ryan of Flushing.
The following resolutions were adopted:
“Resolved, That the fire companies of this State which are members of this association in deference to the order issued by the president be requested to hold the observance of Firemen’s Memorial Sunday on the day designated by the president on the second Sunday in June in order that this important event may be observed throughout the state on the same date.
“Whereas, The reports of the Fire Commissioner of the city of New York for the year ended June 30, 1912. show a substantial decrease in the receipts from the 2 per cent, tax on foreign fire insurance companies or their agents doing business in the five boroughs of Greater New York, and
“Whereas, In accordance with an agreement entered into between the fire commissioner of the city of New York and George Richards, representing the New York Board of Fire Underwriters, whereby the tax on premiums received for re-insurance is to be paid in like manner as premiums received for direct insurance, a large increase in the receipts from said tax was anticipated; and
“Whereas. The decreased amount of tax received by the fire commissioner of the city of New York for the year ended June 30, 1912, indicates that the insurance companies or their agents have not complied with the terms of the agreement with respect to the payment of the tax on reinsurance premiums, and have evidently evaded payment of the said tax, thereby depriving the firemen’s home of thousands of dollars; therefore be it
“Resolved, That this matter be committed to the law committee of the state association with directions to immediately investigate the payments made by the insurance companies or their agents on the business done in Greater New York for the year 1911, and if found that the companies or their agents have defaulted the payment of the tax on re-insurance premiums, the law committee in the interest of the firemen’s home shall co-operate with the fire commissioner and urge and prevail on him to institute suits tor violations in accordance with Section 800 of the charter of the city of New York, which provides as follows:
“‘The duty provided to be paid by this title, the damages for breach ot the undertakings, or either of them, provided for therein, and the pecuniary penalties imposed therein, or any or either of them with costs of suit, in any court of record with this state, by the fire commissioner, for the use of said department.
“Whereas, There has been established as a separate department in the state government, a bureau for the prevention of fires, and to insure the proper care to preserve human life and property, he it
Resolved, That this association in convention assembled, heartily endorse and approve of such a bureau or department, and also the efficient services by James Ahearn, a tried and true veteran fireman, as such fire marshal.
Resolved, That the law committee be instructed to take such action as to the tax on automobiles and re-insurance policies as shall lead to the collection of such tax.
“Resolved, That the law committee he directed to prepare an amendment to the charter of the association making the president, secretary and treasurer of this association members of the hoard of trustees of the firemen’s home.
“Resolved, That this association disapproves any effort to amend Section 22 of the Civil Service Law in any respect, and that the officers of this association are hereby directed to use all honorable means to preserve to the volunteer firemen of this state the rights now given them in that section.
“Resolved, That in accordance with Section 6 of Article 5 of the by-laws of this association, the treasurer of the board of trustees of the home be directed to render his next report in detail, giving name, purpose and amount of each expenditure authorized by the board of trustees.
“Resolved, That this association approve of the proposition now being considered by the superintendent of the insurance department and the corporation counsel of the city of New Y’ork, to collect the 2 per cent, tax through the office of the superintendent of insurance substantially in the same manner the tax on mutual insurance companies is now being collected and distributed.
Thursday was chiefly devoted to pleasure. The committee on entertainment gave the delegates an excursion to West Point, where the day was profitably spent. The annual parade which is always one of the big features, took place on Friday., and was a big one.
Sixty-nine fire companies, which exceeds the record of sixty-seven, made in New Rochelle a few years ago; nineteen hands and thirteen drum corps, participated in the parade. Most of the companies had their apparatus in line, and the p_____geant attracted thousands of visitors to Newburgh.
The double deck Big Six Engine used during the period when Boss Tweed of New York City was a foreman of the New York State Volunteer Fire Department reached Newburgh Wednesday. This historic engine which is owned by the Veteran Firemen’s Association of Long Island, was in the parade. The company went to Newburgh on the steamer “Montauk” with about 150 men, a band of 50 pieces from the St. John’s Home. The Schenectady fire department has 35 fire companies in all, 31 of which were represented, and the representatives are all volunteers.
A reduction of 20 per cent, in the water rate charged the consumer in San Antonio. Tex., is recommended in the report of Alexander Potter. a consulting engineer of New Y’ork. who was employed by the city council to make an exhaustive investigation of the waterworks system, with a view of guiding the council in renewing its contract with the San Antonio Water Supply Company.