Rights of Exempt Firemen
Attorney General E. E. Woodbury, of New York State, last week, rendered an opinion to the effect that an exempt fireman or SpanishAmerican war veteran has no preference in retention in the civil service when positions in his grade are being abolished. If dismissed from the service owing to the abolishment of his position for reasons of economy, he cannot demand transfer to another position in the same department unless he can show there is a vacancy in that other position, that the position draws the same compensation and that he is fitted to fill it. The civil service laws provides for the transfer of exempt firemen or Spanish-American war veterans to other positions of the same character, if they exist, when the places they hold are abolished for reasons of economy or otherwise. The courts recently decided that no one other than a veteran of the Civil War has, when positions are being abolished, a right to claim that he shall be the last to go, and he may claim that right only when other positions of the same grade are being abolished.