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Mr. McGowan presented a petition of a majority of the tax-payers of the town of Herkimer, Herkimer county, for a law authorizing said town to issue bonds, and contribute money towards building a new courthouse for said county in said town; which was read and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. D. P. Wood presented a petition of Noah Joslin and others of the town of Fabius, Onondaga county, for the exemption of men of the age of 75 years and upwards from poll-tax; which was read and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Messrs. Allen and J. Wood presented remonstrances against placing the Erie railway under control of a British monopoly; which were read and referred to the committee on railroads.

Mr. Foster presented a petition of the trustees of Falley Seminary for increase of the literature fund; which was read and referred to the committee on literature.

Mr. Palmer presented petitions of citizens of Claverack, Columbia county, and the trustees of the Hudson River Institute, asking for an increase of the literature fund; which were read and referred to the committee on literature.

A message from His Excellency, the Governor, was received and read in the words following:

EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, January 15, 1872. To the Senate :

I transmit to you a report from a majority of the commissioners appointed to revise the statutes.

JOHN T. HOFFMAN. Said report was laid on the table and ordered printed.

(See Doc. No. 8.) Mr. J. Wood, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act to release the interest of the people of the State of New York, in and to certain lands in Oneida county, to George A. Reynolds,” reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. J. Wood, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act to legalize the acts of Robert H. Hill, a justice of the peace of the town of Kingston, Ulster county," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Robertson asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to amend an act passed April 26, 1869, entitled 'An act for the election of a receiver of taxes and assessments for the town of Cortland and village of Peekskill,'” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Robertson, and by unanimous consent the rule was suspended, and the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole upon the said entitled bill.

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. J. Wood, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of said above named bill, which report was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Robertson, and by unanimous consent, the rule was suspended and said bill read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a

majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Adams
Foster
Lowery Perry

Winslow
Allen
Graham

McGowan Robertson D. P. Wood
Baker
Harrower
O'Brien
Wagner

J. Wood Benedict Lewis

Palmer

Weismann Woodin
Bowen
Lord

22 Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

By unanimous consent Mr. Baker asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act authorizing the construction of a bridge across the Hudson river at the city of Troy,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on commerce and navigation.

By unanimous consent Mr. McGowan asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled "An act to authorize the town of Herkimer, Herkimer county, to issue bonds upon its credit for the purpose of raising moneys to be contributed toward building a new court-house for said county in said town,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Robertson offered the following:

Whereas, At the last session of the Legislature the following amend ment to the Constitution was proposed in the Senate and Assembly, viz. .

“ That the sixth article of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding thereto the following section :

"$ 28. The Court of Appeals may order any of the causes, not exceed. ing five hundred in number, pending in that court at the time of the adoption of this provision, to be heard and determined by the Commissioners of Appeals; and the Legislature may extend the term of service of the Commissioners of Appeals not exceeding two years."

And whereas, The said proposed amendment was agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two Houses of the said Legislature, entered on their journals with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and referred to the Legislature to be chosen at the then next general election of Senators;

And whereas, Such election has taken place, and said proposed amendment was duly published for three months previous to the time of making such choice, in pursuance of the provisions of section one of article thirteen of the Constitution ; therefore,

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That this Senate do agree to the said proposed amendment.

Ordered, That said resolution be laid on the table. The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of the general orders, being the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish a recorder's court in the city of Utica, and for other purposes, passed May 7, 1844."

"An act to enable the board of education of the village of Salem to borrow money for school purposes, from the common school fund, or otherwise, and to provide for the payment thereof, with interest, by tax on said village.” (SENATE JOURNAL]

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After some time spent therein the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Robertson, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the said named bills, which report was agreed to and said bills ordered engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Allen, the Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1872.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Alderman. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. Baker presented a petition of citizens of Washington county for an increased appropriation for the literature fund; which was read and referred to the committee on literature. Messrs. J. Wood, Lord, Madden, Allen, Harrower, Chatfield, and Bowen, severally, presented remonstrances against placing the Erie railway under the control of a British monopoly; which were read and referred to the committee on railroads. Mr. D. P. Wood, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the bills entitled as follows: “An act to amend an act entitled ‘An act in relation to stenographers in the circuit courts, courts of oyer and terminer, and special terms of the supreme court, in the sixth, seventh, and eighth judicial districts.’” “An act to legalize and confirm the election of Harrison Clute as superintendent of the poor of the county of Schenectady.” “An act to incorporate “The Association of the Bar of Oneida county.’” “An act to amend an act passed April 26, 1869, entitled ‘An act for the election of a receiver of taxes and assessments for the town of Cortlandt and village of Peekskill.’” “An act to enable the board of education of the village of Salem to borrow money for school purposes from the common school fund or otherwise, and to provide for the payment thereof, with interest, by tax on said village.” “An act to amend an act entitled ‘An act to establish a recorder’s court in the city of Utica, and for other purposes, passed May 7, 1844.” The President presented the third annual report of the Trustees of the Willard Asylum for the Insane; which was laid on the table and ordered printed. (See Doc. No. 9.) Mr. Winslow gave notice that he would, at an early day, ask leave to introduce a bill to amend an act entitled “An act to incorporate the National Trust Company of the city of New York, passed April 19, 1867.” Mr. Robertson gave notice that he would, at an early day, ask leave to introduce a bill for the protection of tax-payers against frauds, embezzlements and wrongful acts of public officers and agents. Mr. D. P. Wood gave notice that he would, at an early day, ask leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the grand army of the republic. By unanimous consent, Mr. Adams asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to authorize the construction of an avenue from the city of Albany to the city of Cohoes,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the affairs of cities. By unanimous consent, Mr. Madden asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to dissolve the New York and Richmond Granite Company,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. By unanimous consent, Mr. Palmer asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act in reference to holding interests in real estate by aliens,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Madden asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to legalize and confirm the acts and proceedings of Henry C. Duryea, as special surrogate of the county of Orange,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. By unanimous consent, Mr. Harrower asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act concerning the Sodus Bay, Corning and New York Railroad Company and providing for a change in its corporate name,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads: By unanimous consent, Mr. Harrower asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled “An act to provide for an additional sinking fund for the payment of bonds issued by municipal corporations in aid of the Sodus Bay, Corning and New York Railroad Company,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads. The bill entitled “An act to amend an act entitled ‘An act in relation to stenographers in the circuit courts, courts of oyer and terminer and special terms of the supreme court, in the sixth, seventh and eighth judicial districts,” having been announced for a third reading, On motion of Mr. D. P. Wood, and by unanimous consent, said bill was amended by inserting after the word “fourth” the word “fifth.” Insert as section 2 the following: Section 2, chapter 41, of the Laws of 1867, and 672 of the Laws of 1839, are hereby repealed. Change section 2 to section 3. Said bill, as amended, was read a third time. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.

Adams Chatfield Lewis Perry Winslow

Allen Cock Lord Robertson D. P. Wood
Ames Foster Madden Wagner J. Wood

or. Graham Palmer Weismann Woodin

Benedict Harrower 32

ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request *ir concurrence therein.

The bill entitled "An act to legalize and confirm the election of Harrison Clute, as superintendent of the poor of the county of Schenectady," was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Adams
Bowen
Foster
Palmer

Weismann
Allen
Chatfield Graham

Perry

Winslow
Ames
Cock

Harrower Robertson D. P. Wood
Baker
Dickinson Lewis

Wagner

Woodin Benedict

21 FOR THE NEGATIVE. Lord

1 Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

The bill entitled “An act to incorporate “The Association of the Bar of Oneida county,

was read a third time. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Adams
Bowen
Graham
Madden

Weismann
Allen
Chatfield Harrower Palmer

Winslow
Ames
Cock
Johnson Perry

D. P. Wood
Baker
Dickinson Lewis

Robertson Woodin
Benedict Foster

Lord
Wagner

24 Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

The bill entitled “An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to establish a recorder's court in the city of Utica, and for other purposes,' passed May 7, 1844,” was read a third time.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the final passage of said bill, and it was decided in the affirmative, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Adams
Benedict Foster

Palmer

Weismann
Allen
Chatfield Graham

Perry

Winslow
Ames
Cock

Harrower Robertson D, P. Wood
Baker
Dickinson Madden

Wagner Woodin 20 Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

The bill entitled “An act to enable the board of education of the village of Salem to borrow money for school purposes, from the common school fund, or otherwise, and to provide for the payment thereof, with interest, by tax on said village," having been announced for a third reading,

Mr. Lewis moved to recommit the same to the committee on literature.

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