NEW BILLS IN N. Y. LEGISLATURE

NEW BILLS IN N. Y. LEGISLATURE

Some Measures Recently Introduced Affecting Mater Supply and Fire Protection—Synopsis of the Proposed New Laws and Amendments

THE following are summaries of legislation affecting fire departments and water works recently introduced into the legislature of New York State. The portions printed in Italic are the proposed changes from the old law.

PROPOSED WATER WORKS LEGISLATION

To amend the town law, in relation to the establishment of water districts in towns, and the election of commissioners therefor.

Assembly Bill No. 1186. introduced February 19. amends section 285 of chapter 63 of the laws of 1909, entitled “An act relating to towns, constituting chapter 62 of the consolidated laws,” by providing for the holding of public hearings on the establishment of the district, and when that is accomplished of providing for the election instead of appointment of three commissioners and for the method of the conducting such an election.

BILLS RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION

To amend the labor law, in relation to manufacturing in tenements.

Assembly Bill No. 1253, introduced February 23. amends subdivision 5 of section 355 of article 13 of chapter 50 of the laws of 1921, constituting chapter 31 of the consolidated laws, as amended, to read as follows:

5. No article of food, no toilet articles, no artificial flowers, feathers nor hat ornaments, no portion of pajamas, no dolls or doll’s clothing and no articles of children’s or infants’ wearing apparel shall be manufactured for a factory either directly or through one or more contractors or other third persons in any apartment of a tenement house, if any part of such apartment is used for living purposes.

To amend the county law, in relation to fire districts outside of incorporated villages.

Senate Bill No. 869, introduced February 18, amends subdivision 4 of section 38 of chapter 16 of the laws of 1909, entitled “An act in relation to counties, constituting chapter 11 of the consolidated laws,” as last amended by chapter 110 of the laws of 1918 by changing subdivision 4 to allow the fire commissioners to expend $1,000 instead of $500 in one year for all purposes specified. Subdivision 5 is amended to correspond.

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NEW BILLS IN N. Y. LEGISLATURE

Some Measures Recently Introduced Affecting Water Supply and Fire Protection—Synopsis of the Proposed New Laws and Amendments

THE following are summaries of legislation affecting fire departments and water works recently introduced into the legislature of New York State. The portions printed in Italics are the proposed changes from the old law.

PROPOSED WATER WORKS LEGISLATION

To adopt a compact made between commissioners appointed by the governor under a law of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and commissioners appointed by the governor under a law of the state of New Jersey, and commissioners appointed by the governor under a law of the state of New York, for the purpose of conserving the water resources of the Delaware River and making allotments therefrom to the said states respectively and determining and adjusting their respective rights therein.

This bill, in Assembly Nos. 607 and 1064, consisting of 24 articles, is the act intending to legalize the compact as formulated by the Delaware Water Commissioners between the states of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as far as the state of New York is concerned.

To amend the general municipal law, in relation to the acquisition in Westchester and Putnam counties of lands for the sanitary protection of the municipal water supply of the city of New York.

Assembly Bill No. 837 amends section seventy-six of chapter twenty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine, entitled “An act relating to municipal corporations, constituting chapter twenty-four of the consolidated laws,” as amended by chapter two hundred and forty of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine, by adding the following sentence:

Nor shall this section operate to prevent the city of New York from acquiring such real estate within the Groton watershed in the county of Westchester, contiguous to Little Mohansic Lake and Mohansic Lake, as may be necessary for the sanitary protection of the water supply of the city of New York, and the city of New York is hereby authorized to acquire by purchase or by condemnation in the manner prescribed by the provisions of title two, chapter eleven of the Greater New York charter as amended, such real estate for such purposes, except the lands, buildings and premises known as the Mohansic Lake reservation in the town of Yorktown, the county of Westchester, transferred and conveyed by the people of the state of New York to the county of Westchester by chapter two hundred and seventy-six of the laws of nineteen hundred and twenty-two.

To amend the town law, in relation to granting permission for the use of water outside of a water district.

Assembly Bills Nos. 652 and 1026 amend section two hundred and ninety-eight of chapter sixty-three of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine, entitled “An act relating to towns, constituting chapter sixty-two of the consolidated laws,” as added by chapter three hundred and fifty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine and last amended by chapter three hundred and thirty-three of the laws of nineteen hundred and twenty-four by adding the following sentence:

Where, however, the mains of the district system connect with the mains laid by an adjoining incorporated village, the said commissioners may. with the consent of the town hoard and without the necessity of an election, contract with the village to supply all or any par of the water required for the uses of said village water system for such time, not exceeding five years, and upon such terms as may be agreed upon between said district water commissioners and the village or its board of water commissioners.

BILLS RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION

To amend the town law, in relation to the dissolution of fire districts in towns outside of incorporated villages.

Senate Bills Nos. 411 and 715 amend chapter sixty-three of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine, entitled “An act relating to towns, constituting chapter sixty-two of the consolidated laws,” by adding a new section, after section three hundred and eighteen, to be section three hundred and eighteen-a, to read as follows:

318-a. Dissolution of fire districts. Upon the petition of a majority of the taxpayers of any fire district of a town outside of an incorporated village, or in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester, of a majority of the resident taxpayers of any such fire district, the town board or boards in which such district is located may dissolve such district. All existing indebtedness of any such district shall, notwithstanding the dissolution thereof as herein provided, be a charge upon the taxable property of the district dissolved and the town board of the town shall annually levy and collect in such district by tax a sum sufficient to pay the principal and interest of any such indebtedness as the same shall become due and payable. Such taxes shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other town taxes are levied and collected. Upon the dissolution of any such district the term of office of the fire commissioners, if any shall terminate and all property of the district shall become the projerty of the town.

To amend the village law, in relation to the powers of the board of trustees in relation to the removal of fire hazards.

Assembly bills Nos. 149 and 952 amend section eighty-nine of chapter sixty-four of the laws of ninteen hundred and nine, entitled “An act relating to villages, constituting chapter sixty-four of the consolidated laws.” by adding a new subdivision. to be subdivision thirty-three, to read as follows:

33. Removal of fire hazards. May require the owners of land to cut, trim or remove brush, grass, rubbish liable to take tire, and upon default may cause such grass, brush, rubbish or other materials to be cut. trimmed or removed and assess the expense thereof upon the land whereon the same are found.

To amend the insurance law, in relation to requiring adjusters of loss or damage by fire to procure a certificate of authority from the superintendent of insurance.

Senate Bill No. 668 amends subdivision four of section one hundred and thirty-eight-a of chapter thirty-three of the laws of nineteen hundred and nine, entitled “An act in relation to insurance corporations, constituting chapter twenty-eight of the consolidated laws.” as added by chapter twenty-two of the laws of nineteen hundred and thirteen and last amended by chapter five hundred and thirty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred and twenty-four, to read as follows (matter in italics is new: matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted) :

4. The fee to be paid to the superintendent of insurance by the applicant for such adjuster’s certificate at the time the application is made, and annually for the renewal thereof, shall be [twenty-five] one hundred dollars. If the applicant be a corporation, partnership or association such fee shall be paid for each person specified in the certificate.

2. Subdivision ten of section one hundred and thirty-eight-a of such chapter, as added by chapter twenty-two of the laws of nineteen hundred and thirteen and last amended by chapter five hundred and thirty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred and twenty-four, is hereby amended to read as follows:

10. A certificate issued under this section may be revoked by the superintendent, if, after due investigation, he determines that the holder of such certificate (a) has violated any provision of the insurance law [, or has violated any haw in the course of his dealings as an adjuster]; or (b) has [made a material misstatement in the application for such certificate] violated any law; or (c) [has been guilty of fraudulent or dishonest practices] made a material misstatement in the application for such certificate; or (d) has [demonstrated his incompetency or untrustworthiness to transact the business of a public adjuster.] been quilty of fraudulent or dishonest practices; or (e) has demonstrated his untrustworthiness or incompetcncy to transact the business of a public adjuster.

To amend chapter four hundred and thirty-four of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled “An act authorizing the formation of a corporate body to be known as the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York,” in relation to corporate name.

Senate Bill No. 644 amends section one of chapter four hundred and thirty-four of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled “An act authorizing the formation of a corporate body to he known as the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York,” as amended by chapter six hundred and nineteen of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninetyfour, by striking out the words “of Hudson, N. Y.”