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FROM THE COMMITTEE ON CITIES_THEIR ORGANIZA.

TION AND GOVERNMENT.

The undersigned members of the Committee on Cities, their organization and government, respectfully present, as a minority report, the following article and explanations :

ARTICLE

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Sec. 1. The executive power in cities shall be vested in a

2 Mayor, who shall be elected by the electors of the city, and shall 3 hold his office for one year. He shall take care that the laws 4 and city ordinances are faithfully executed. 'He shall receive at 5 stated times for his services a compensation to be established by

6 law, and which shall be neither increased nor diminished dur

7 ing the period for which he shall be elected. He shall not receive 8 during that period any other emolument from the city, nor shall 9 he hold any other office.

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SEC. 2. Any Mayor may be removed by the Governor, but

2 only after due notice and an opportunity of being heard in 3 defense, and for causes to be assigned in the order of removal.

4 In case the office of any Mayor shall become vacant before the

5. expiration of the term for which he was elected, the Governor 6 shall fill the vacancy until the next annual charter election.

1 SEC. 3. Except in the cities of New York and Brooklyn, the 2 legislative power shall be vested in a Board of Aldermen. Their

3 number, the mode of their election and their term of service

4 shall be prescribed by law. In New York and Brooklyn the

5 legislative power shall be vested in a Common Council composed

6 of a Board of Aldermen and a Board of Assistant Aldermen.

7 The Board of Aldermen shall consist of eleven members, to be

8 chosen by such of the electors of the city at large as shall have 9 paid individually, during the year preceding the election, a tax

10 on property officially valued at not less than one thousand dol

11 lars. They shall be classified so that five Aldermen shall

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12 of office at the end of one year, and six at the end of two years,

13 and at the end of their respective terms, under such classification, 14 the term of office shall be two years. The Board of Assistant

15 Aldermen shall consist of twenty-one members, each represent

16 ing a separate district. They shall be chosen annually by the 17 electors of their respective districts.

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SEC. 4. The common council in New York and Brooklyn,

2 and the board of aldermen in other cities shall possess such leg.

3 lative powers as may be. conferred upon them by general law,

4 but they shall have no executive powers.

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Sec. 5. Every act, ordinance, resolution or proceeding which

2 shall have passed the two boards of the common council of New

3 York and Brooklyn shall, before it shall take effect, be pre

4 sented to the mayor for his approval. If he approve it, he shall 5 sign it; if not, he stall return it to the board in which it orgi6 nated, with his objections, within ten days, or at the next stated 7 meeting of the board thereafter. Such board, after the expira8 tion of ten days from the time of such return, may proceed to 9 reconsider such act, ordinance, resolution or proceeding; and if 10 upon

such reconsideration, two-thirds of all the members elected

11 to each board of the common council of New York or Brooklyn,

12 or to the board of aldermen of any other city, shall agree to pass

13 the same, or if the mayor shall not return any such act, ordi14 nance, resolution or proceeding within the ten days above limited

15 for that purpose, it shall take effect as if he had approved it.

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Sec. 6. Boards of alderren and assistant aldermen sball

2 choose their own president; and they may appoint a clerk and

3 such other officers as they shall find to be necessary:

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Sec. 7. The comptroller or chief financial officer of the cities

2 of New York and Brooklyn, respectively, shall be chosen by the

3 same class of electors that choose the boards of aldermen in said

4 cities. Their term of office shall be three years, and they shall

5 appoint all subordinate officers in their department. They may 6 be removed in the same manner as a mayor may be removed by

7 the Governor. In case the office of either shall become vacant

8 before the expiration of the term for which he was elected

9 such vacancy shall be filled by the Governor until the next

10 annual city election.

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SEC. 8. The mayor shall nominate, and with the consent of

2 the board of aldermen, appoint all other officers charged with 3 the administration of departments; and such officers shall appoint 4 all subordinate officers in their respective departments. All

5 other executive officers shall be appointed by the mayor. Any

6 officer appointed by the mayor may be removed by bim at 7 pleasure; and all officers charged with the administration of 8 departments may at any time be removed by the mayor with 9 the consent of the board of aldermen.

1 Sec. 9. The mayor shall nominate, and with the consent of 2 the board of aldermen, appoint justices of the peace, police jus. 3 tices, and all other justices of inferior courts not of record. Their

4 term of office shall be four years. All vacancies shall be filled

5 by the mayor, with the consent of the board of aldermen. Any

6 such justice may be removed by such court as may be desig. 7 nated by law, but only after due notice and an opportunity of

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