FIRE, WATER, AND SEWERS IN GREATER NEW YORK.

FIRE, WATER, AND SEWERS IN GREATER NEW YORK.

Under the terms of the Greater New York charter the mayor of the city has the power of appointing all the nonelective heads of departments, who, however, may be removed at his pleasure during the first six months of his term. Under the board of public improvements come the departments of water supply and sewers, whose president, appointed by the mayor, has to see to the harmonious working among the heads of the various departments. The board itself, consisting of six commissioners, is subject to the board of estimate and apportionment. Each commissioner is appointed for a term of six years, and will receive a salary of $7,500 a year. The commissioners^of water supply can have a deputy in each of the four boroughs into which the city is divided ; namely,Manhattan, Hronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Richmond. The municipal assembly, consisting of two elective houses— an upper house comprising twenty-nine members elected from large council districts, containing an average population of more than 350,000, elected for four years, and a lower house comprising sixty members, one elected for two years from each assembly district in the new territory—has alone the power to acquire additional water works, l’he commissioner of sewers can establish branch offices, and can also appoint deputies in each borough.

The fire department is single-headed. The commissioner shall be appointed by the mayor, and shall hold office for six years. His salary is $7,500 a year. The fire commissioner appoints a deputy commissioner, who will have an office in Brooklyn and have supervision over the tire departments of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The members of the uniformed force of New York, Brooklyn, and Long Island are graded according to their term of service after January I, 1898. the same as in the present fire department of New York city, and may be assigned to duty anywhere in Greater New York. The graded and paid lire department »> stem will be extended to the boroughsof Queens and Richmond, and the volunteer departments in those boroughs will be disbanded. There will l>e three bureaus in the department, viz., the extinguishing of fires in charge of a “chiefof the fire department,” the execution of laws relating to sales and use of combustibles in charge of an *’ inspector of combustibles;” and the bureau for the investigation of fires, in charge of ” fire marshals.” The last wili have a branch office in Brooklyn, The fire commissioner will make all appointments of bureau heads and appoint firemen on the recommendation of the chief of the department. The salaries arc as follows: Chief of the department, $7,000; deputy chief, $4,000; battalion chiefs, $3,500; ‘.orcmcn. $2,500; assistant foremen, $1,800; engineers, $1,600. , The uniform members are divided into four grades; members of the first grade receive $1,400; second grade. $1,200; third grade. $1 000, and fourth grade, $800. After January 1, 1898, those appointed shall be considered in the fourth grade, and after service of one year shall be advanced to the third grade, and after additional yearly service will be promoted until they reach the first grade. The members of the Brooklyn and l-ong Island City fire departments will receive the same pay as at present; but after three years’ service will be promoted to the first grade, and thereafter be on the same footing as the firemen on Manhattan Island. Fire marshals hereafter may conduct legal examinations for the purposes of inquiring into cause* of fires. ‘They are empowered to issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of persons as witnesses; they are also empowered to administer oaths to the witnesses, and any person who swears falsely can be convicted of perjury, the same as in any other court.

The regulations of the height of buildings will come under the board of public improvements.

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