FIRE AND WATER AT ALBANY.

FIRE AND WATER AT ALBANY.

In the assembly, Mr. Egan has introduced a bill compelling hotels and tenement houses to have a system of approved automatic sprinklers, as a greater security against fire.

In the senate, Mr. Ellsworth has introduced a bill ncorporating the Lockport & New Fane Power and Water Supply company, with a capital of $500,000, to develop and employ hydraulic and electrical power and supply it to those who live in Niagara county. Those named as incorporators are: Williard T. Ransom, Henry I. Pierce, John A. Merritt, and Harry L. Ransom.

Assemblyman Conger has introduced a bill appropriating $10,000 annually to establish and maintain a biological station.

Senator Wilcox has introduced a bill amending the law requiring fire escapes, by prohibiting the use of drop ladders, and requiring either folding iron stairs or drop iron stairs to connect the balconies on the outside of the floor; also requiring such fire escapes on all boarding or lodging bouses, as well as hotels.

FIRE AND WATER AT ALBANY.

FIRE AND WATER AT ALBANY.

Assemblyman Ogden has introduced a bill at Albany authorizing Ogdensburg, N. Y., to borrow $15,000 for improving the city’s water works.

The State senate has passed Senator Bracketts’ bill confirming the action of the Volunteer Firemen’s Home association in transferring its rights and property to the Firemen’s association of the State of New York, and transferring to said Firemen’s association all the rights, powers, and duties of the Volunteer Firemen’s Home association.

Assemblyman Wheeler has introduced a bill providing for the creation of an office, to be known as the State forester, to have the general supervision of the forest preserve, and for the employment of thirty-five patrolmen at a salary of $500 per annum each, to guard against fires.

On Wednesday last a hearing was given a large delegation of the residents of Suffolk county, which appeared before the judiciary committee of the State senate at the capitol,to protest against the repeal of the bill preventing the borough of Brooklyn from availing itself of the streams of Suffolk county for its water supply. It was claimed that to permit Brooklyn to divert the water of these streams would destroy the oyster industry of South Bay, upon which so many families were dependent for a livelihood. It was said that these streams would afford no permanent supply for Brooklyn, and that both New York and Brooklyn would eventually have logo to the Adirondacks or the great lakes for their supply.

President Grout, of the borough of Brooklyn, appeared as the advocate of the repeal. He presented maps showing the watershed from which it was desired to take the water, and said there was no possible injury to the property, because it was intended to take only the surplus water. He said the population of the district affected was but 20,000, and they were setting up their interests against all the people of Brooklyn. He stirred up a spirited resentment among the Suffolk county representatives by his assertion that the law which it was proposed to repeal was in the interest of the Ramapo company, in that it prevented them from going east for their water supply, and compelled them to go across the East River into the Ramapo territory. Neither New York nor Brooklyn could afford to go to the Adirondacks for its water supply, and if either ever did, it would have to be done by the State. The whole cost of the proposed system on Long Island would be but about $25,000,000. The repeal of this law, he said, would solve the problem of a water supply for both New York and Brooklyn for at least twenty-five years. The committee took no action upon the bill.

The West Jersey Water company is applying to supply Montclair with water at rates less than those charged by the Montclair Water company, which has been making arrangements to renew its contract with the East Jersey company; but Montclair is opposed to the Little Falls plant for a supply, because it is too close to the Passaic. Driven wells on Montclair Heights compose the West Jersey company’s source of supply. They can furnish not to exceed 5,000,000 gallons per day—3,000,000 more than Montclair now consumes—at twenty-five cents per 1,000 gallons, as against thirty cents, the present price. Hydrants to pay $25, as against $26 a year, and public buildings $1 a year.