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Mr. Walton moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 6, 1918. To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a member of the State Industrial Commission James M. Lynch of Syracuse, whose term of office has expired.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 6, 1918.

To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a member of the Public Service Commission for the First district Oscar S. Straus of New York city, whose term of office as such commissioner has expired. (Signed)

CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK

EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 6, 1918.

To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a manager of the Willard State Hospital Anna Augusta Horton of Ovid, to succed Bertha Peck, whose term of office has expired.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance:

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

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ALBANY, February 4, 1918. To the Legislature:

For your information I transmit herewith a quotation from a letter addressed to me by Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, setting forth the action of the Council of National Defense and the Advisory Commission in regard to the suspension of the labor laws:

Information reaches me from several States that an effort is being made to suspend labor legislation under a plea of war emergency.

As several of these efforts have misinterpreted an action of the Council of National Defense, I wish to put in your possession exact information as to that action of the Council.

“In order to safe-guard the man power and the labor power of the nation, on December 3, 1917, the Council of National Defense, in joint meeting with the Advisory Commission, adopted a series of rules regulating the maintenance of labor standards and labor safety laws, and set forth the restrictions under which their suspension may be effected in cases of extraordinary emergency That program, which prescribes definite time limits and requires proof that suspension is necessary, is as follows:

“ 1. Upon notice from the Council of National Defense stating that a war emergency or that public welfare require such suspension.

62. That such suspension should be made only after public hearings had been held, reasonable notice (of not less than five days) of such hearing having been sent to the State Labor Department or State Labor Commission, to the plant, organization and employes in the industry affected, and to the public by appropriate notice in the press.

“3. That the particular provisions of the labor laws that are suspended and the length of time of suspension should be stated in a permit to be issued by the Governor.

4. That permits should be issued for limited periods not to exceed six months and to be renewed only upon rehearings.

“ 5. That all permits should expire two months after the close of the war.

“6. That the permits should be issued to individual plants and not to an entire industry and only to those plants that comply with all the state factory, building and fire regulations, and that no suspension of outstanding regulations or order, herein provided for, should be construed to apply to state laws requiring the installation of protective devices.

« 7. That copies of all permits issued should be posted in conspicuous places in each factory or plant affected over the proper official signature.”

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN. Said message was referred to the committee on labor and industry.

IN SENATE, February 6, 1918.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of William A. Kelly, D. D. S., of Lowville as a manager of the Syracuse State Institution for Feeble-Minded Children, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Marshall moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Nicholas Lewis McDonald, D. D. S., of Newark as a manager of the State Custodial Asylum for FeebleMinded Women, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Docia W. Law of Collins as a manager of the Gowanda State Hospital, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Gibbs moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Benjamin W. Arnold of Albany, from the Third Judicial District, Eleanor W. Higley of Hudson Falls, from the Fourt Judicial District, and Mortimer K. Miller of Rochester, from the Seventh Judicial District, as commissioners of the State Board of Charities, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that the said nominations be confimed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Arthur H. Masten of New York city as a manager of the New York State Hospital for the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Mabel Wadsworth Pomeroy of Buffalo as a manager of the Buffalo State Hospital, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Graves moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of John J. Merrill of Alfred as commissioner of the State Tax Commission, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. E. R. Brown moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Robert S. Waterman of Ogdensburg as manager of the St. Lawrence State Hospital, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Marshall moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Mabel T. Filor of West Haverstraw as a member of the Board of Managers of Letchworth Village, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

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Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nominations of Frederick J. H. Kracke, of the borough of Brooklyn, and Charles Bulkley Hubbell of New York city as Public Service Commissioners for the First District, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Burlingame moved that the nomination of Frederick J. H. Kracke be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Burlingame moved that the nomination of Charles Bulkley Hubbell be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. G. F. Thompson being excused from voting on said nominations,

Mr. Robinson voting in the negative on the nomination of Charles Bulkley Hubbell.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Henry K. Williams of Dunkirk as a member of the State Fair Commission, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that in the absence of the Senator of the fiftyfirst district that said nomination be laid upon the table.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK - EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 6, 1918.

To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a member of the Public Service Commission for the Second District Thomas F. Fennell of Elmira, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James O. Carr.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

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