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This compilation of the Charter (of which the last edition was issued in 1896) was begun unofficially in November. The City having assumed the publication, the completion of the work has been on the basis of public service and of preparation for assuming the duties of office.
The plan of this edition is to present every section in its present form, with as much of its history as possible. Reference to every amending act is made at the end of the section or subdivision amended; and where practicable, a note has been added, briefly describing the nature and effect of the amendment. Sections that have become obsolete because of their temporary character, repeal, or the passage of laws superseding them, have been omitted, the reason for omission being stated in every case. The printing of a section without any note or reference to an amendment shows that the section has remained unchanged since its adoption in 1891.
In carrying out this plan of compilation, ninetyseven laws, containing two hundred and nineteen sections, making in all two hundred and fifty-one amendments to one hundred and fifty-five different sections of the Charter, have been personally examined, the copy furnished, and the proof read by the compiler. In addition, the final proof has been read aloud in comparison with the official edition of the Session Laws published by the State. Thanks are due to Mr. William S. Rann, of the Corporation Counsel's staff, for occasional assistance.
Every effort has been made to secure accuracy and completeness, and it is hoped that the result will aid city officials to more efficient discharge of their duties, and also stimulate intelligent discussion of proposed changes in the Charter.
Buffalo, February, 1908.
COMPTROLLER. GEORGE M. ZIMMERMANN.(1)
TREASURER. NEIL McEACHREN.(2)
BOARD OF ASSESSORS. FRANK J. SCHMIDT,(1) MARTIN J. RYAN,(2) EDWARD G. Volz.(3)
Louis E. DESBECKER.(1)
POLICE COMMISSIONERS. HENRY C. ZELLER, WILLIAM D. DOHERTY, and MAYOR ex officio.
ERNEST WENDE, M.D.
FIRE COMMISSIONERS. SIMON SEIBERT, WILLIAM PERSON, and RUSSELL H. POTTER. COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS.
FRANCIS G. WARD.(2)
PARK COMMISSIONERS. CHARLES MOSIER, HORACE A. NOBLE, MAURICE M. Wall, THOMAS B. LOCKWOOD, HAROLD G. MEADOWS, and the MAYOR ex officio. SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.
HENRY P. EMERSON.(2)
OVERSEER OF THE POOR.
LOUIS J. KENNGOTT.(1)
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.
JUDGES OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT.
(1) Term expires December 31, 1909;(2) expires December 31, 1911;(3) expires December
31, 1913; terms of other officers (all appointed) expire at various dates.
President, HENRY ADSIT BULL.
BOARD OF COUNCILMEN.
President, HENRY H. BINGHAM, M.D. JOHN C. BETZ
JACOB J. SIEGRIST HENRY ADSIT BULL
WILLIAM BURNET WRIGHT, JR. ALFRED H. BURT
CHARLES L. WILLERT John McMANUS
BOARD. OF ALDERMEN.
President, GEORGE JACOB HAFFA. 1st Ward JOHN P. SULLIVAN 13th Ward GEORGE J. BURLEY 2nd JOHN J. COLLINS 14th CHARLES F. BROOKS 3rd JOSEPH BUTLER 15th SAMUEL STENGEL 4th ELMER E. HARRIS 16th HENRY F. JERGE 5th Louis P. FUHRMANN 17th HARRY FISHER 6th
Jas. S. PORTER, M.D.18th GEORGE H. STRIKER 7th EDWARD SPERRY 19th OCTAVE A. BRUSO 8th JOHN F. NOWAK 20th WILLIAM H. CROSBY 9th WILLIAM METZLER 21st FRANCIS T. COPPINS 10th WILLIAM O. WEIMAR 22nd WM. E. SHIFFERENS 11th FRANK J. BRITZ 23rd GEORGE J. HAFFA 12th FRED.W. SCHMIEDING 24th FRANK J. EBERLE
25th Ward JOHN J. KENNEDY.
HAROLD J. BALLIETT.
Deputy, JACOB A. STAUCH.
The terms of Councilmen Bingham, Bull, Burt, Siegrist, and Wright will expire December 31st, 1911; those of the other Councilmen and of all Aldermen expire December 31st, 1909.
Presiding officers are elected annually.