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of carrying on any business which a corporation organized under this article might carry on, may consolidate such corporations into a single corporation by complying with the provisions of the business corporations law relating to the consolidation of business corporations.

4. Any corporation organized under this article or under any general or special law of this state for the purpose of using electricity for light, heat or power in cities, other than of the first class, towns or villages within this state, may have and acquire the following additional powers, to wit: The power of supplying steam to consumers from a central station or stations through pipes laid in the public streets of the cities, towns and villages within this state, and for that purpose to lay, construct and maintain suitable pipes and conduits or other fixtures in, on and under the streets, avenues, public parks and places of such cities, towns or villages, with the consent of the municipal authorities thereof, and under such reasonable regulations as they may prescribe. For the purpose of acquiring the powers above specified any such corporation may make, sign, acknowledge and file in the same manner as an original or amended certificate of incorporation, a certificate stating that such corporation desires and intends to exercise the powers hereinabove specified. Upon the making, signing, acknowledging and filing such certificate, such corporation shall have and acquire for the purposes specified in such certificate all the rights, privileges and powers and be subject to all the restrictions of direct steam corporations, specified in sections thirteen, fourteen and fifteen of the business corporation law, being chapter six hundred and ninety-one of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-two. (Added by L. 1899, ch. 565.)

$ 62. Inspector of gas meters.— The governor shall nominate and by and with the consent of the senate appoint an inspector of gas meters, who shall have an office in the city of New York, whose duty it shall be, when required, to inspect, examine, prove and ascertain the accuracy of any and all gas meters used or intended to be used for measuring or ascertaining the quantity of illuminating or fuel gas furnished by any gas corporation in this state including a corporation engaged in supplying natural gas to consumers, to or for the use of any person or persons, and, when found to be or made correct, to seal, stamp or mark all such meters, and each of them, with some suitable device, which device shall be recorded in the office of the secretary of state. Such inspector shall hold his office for the term of five years and

until the appointment of his successor, but may be removed by the governor for sufficient cause. He shall receive an annual salary of five thousand dollars, to be paid in the first instance out of the state treasury on the warrant of the comptroller, which shall be charged to and paid into the state treasury by the several gas corporations in this state, in amounts proportionate to the amount of the capital stock of such corporations respectively, to be ascertained and assessed by the comptroller of the state. If any such corporation shall refuse or neglect to pay into the state treasury the amount or portion of such salary required of them respectively, for the space of thirty days after written notice given it by the comptroller to make such payment, then the comptroller may maintain an action, in his name of office, against any such delinquent corporation for its portion or amount of such salary, with interest thereon at the rate of ten per centum per annum from the time such notice was given and the cost of the action. (As amended by L. 1893, ch. 385, L. 1895, ch. 972, L. 1897, ch. 486, and L. 1898, ch. 364.)

$ 63. Deputy inspectors, employment of mechanics and expenditures. The inspector of gas meters shall appoint four deputy inspectors of gas meters to reside in the borough of Brooklyn, in the city of New York, Albany, Buffalo and Jamestown, respectively, to hold office during his pleasure, and who shall in their respective places of residence discharge such duties as are required of them by the inspector. Saïd inspector is hereby authorized to employ not exceeding ten mechanics to assist him and his deputies in his and their work, said mechanics to be paid a sum not exceeding three and one-half dollars for each working day. Such deputies shall receive an annual salary of fifteen hundred dollars and such deputies and mechanics shall be paid in the same manner as the salary of the inspector. Said inspector is hereby authorized to incur such office and other expenditures as are necessary for the performance of his duties imposed by law and for the purpose of providing the seals to be affixed upon meters as required by law; and the said office and other expenditures, as herein authorized excepting the salaries of deputy inspectors and pay

for mechanics shall be subject to the audit and approval of the comptroller and shall not exceed the sum of two thousand dollars per annum, and be paid in the same manner as the salary of the inspector. (Amended by L. 1893, ch. 385, L. 1898, ch. 364, L. 1899, ch. 732.)

$ 64. Inspection of gas meters.- No corporation or person shall furnish or put in use any gas meter, which shall not have been inspected, proved and sealed by the inspector except during such time as the office of inspector may be vacant, or such inspector after request made, shall refuse or neglect to prove and seal the meters furnished for that purpose, and every gas light corporation shall provide and keep in and upon their premises a suitable and proper apparatus, to be approved and sealed by the inspector of meters, for testing and proving the accuracy of the gas meters furnished for use by it, and by which apparatus every meter may and shall be tested, on the written request of the consumer, to whom the same shall be furnished, and in his presence if he desire it. If any such meter, on being so tested, shall be found defective or incorrect to the prejudice or injury of the consumer, the necessary removal, inspection, correction and replacing of such meter shall be without expense to the consumer, but in all other cases he shall pay the reasonable expenses of such removal, inspection and replacing; and in case any consumer shall not be satisfied with such inspection of the meter furnished to him, and shall give to the corporation written notice to that effect, he may have such meter reinspected by the state inspector, if he require it, upon the same terms and conditions as herein provided for the original inspection thereof.

$ 65. Gas and electric light must be supplied on application.Upon the application, in writing, of the owner or occupant of any building or premises within one hundred feet of any main laid down by any gas light corporation, or the wires of any electric light corporation, and payment by him of all money due from him to the corporation, the corporation shall supply gas or electric light as may be required for lighting such building or premises, notwithstanding there be rent or compensation in arrear, for gas or electric light supplied, or for meter, wire, pipe or fittings, furnished to a former occupant thereof, unless such owner or occupant shall have undertaken or agreed with the former occupant to pay or to exonerate him from the payment of such arrears, and shall refuse or neglect to pay the same; and if for the space of ten days after such application and the deposit of a reasonable sum as provided in the next section, if required, the corporation shall refuse or neglect to supply gas or electric light as required, such corporation shall forfeit and pay to the applicant the sum of ten dollars, and the further sum

of five dollars for every day thereafter during which such refusal or neglect shall continue; provided that no such corporation shall be required to lay service pipes or wires for the purpose of supplying gas or electric light to any applicant where the ground in which such pipe or wire is required to be laid shall be frozen, or shall otherwise present serious obstacles to laying the same; nor unless the applicant, if required, shall deposit in advance with the corporation a sum of money sufficient to pay the cost of his portion of the pipe or wire required to be laid, and the expense of laying such portion.

§ 66. Deposit of money may be required.-- Every gas light and electric light corporation may require every person to which such corporation shall supply gas or electric light for lighting any building, room or premises to deposit with such corporation a reasonable sum of money according to the number and size of lights used or required, or proposed to be used for two calendar months, by such person, and the quantity of gas and electric light necessary to supply the same as security for the payment of the gas and electric light rent or compensation for gas consumed, or rent of pipe or wire and fixtures, to become due to the corporation, but every corporation shall allow and pay to every such depositor legal interest on the sum deposited for the time his deposit shall remain with the corporation.

$ 67. Buildings may be entered for the examination of meters, lights, etc.—Any officer or other agent of any gas light or electric light corporation, for that purpose duly appointed and authorized by the corporation, may, at all reasonable times, upon exhibiting a written authority, signed by the president and secre tary of the corporation, enter any dwelling, store, building, room or place lighted with gas or electric light supplied by such corporation, for the purpose of inspecting and examining the meters, pipes, fittings, wires and works for supplying or regulating the supply of gas or electric light and of ascertaining the quantity of gas or electric light consumed or supplied, and if any person shall, at any time, directly or indirectly, prevent or hinder any such officer or agent from so entering any such premises, or from making such inspection or examination at any reasonable time, he shall, for every such offense, forfeit to the corporation twenty-five dollars.

$ 68. Refusal or neglect to pay rent. If any person supplied with gas or electric light by any such corporation shall neglect

or refuse to pay the rent or remuneration due for the same, or for the wires, pipes or fittings let by the corporation for supplying or using such gas or electric light or for ascertaining the quantity consumed or used as required by his contract with the corporation, or shall refuse or neglect, after being required so to do, to make the deposit required, such corporation may prevent the gas or electric light from entering the premises of such person; and their officers, agents or workmen may enter into or upon any such premises between the hours of eight o'clock in the forenoon and six o'clock in the afternoon, and separate and carry away any meter, pipe, fittings, wires or other property of the corporation and may disconnect any meter, pipe, fittings, wires or other works whether the property of the corporation or not, from the mains, pipes or wires of the corporation.

$ 69. No rent for meters to be charged.— No gas light corporation in this state, shall charge or collect rent on its gas meters, either in a direct or indirect manner, and any person, party or corporation violating this provision shall be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars for each offense, to be sued for and recovered in the corporate name of the city or village where the violation occurs, in any court having jurisdiction, and when collected to be paid into the treasury of such city or village and to constitute a part of the contingent or general fund thereof.

$ 70. Price of gas.- In any city in this state having a population of eight hundred thousand or over, no corporation or person shall charge for illuminating gas a sum to exceed one dollar and twenty-five cents per thousand feet, and such gas shall have an illuminating power of not less than twenty sperm candles, of six to the pound, and burning at the rate of one hundred and twenty grains of spermaceti per hour, tested at a distance of not less than one mile from the place of manufacture, by a burner consuming five cubic feet of gas per hour, and shall comply with the standard of purity now or hereafter established by law; but in any district or ward of any city containing over one million inhabitants, which district or ward is separated from the main portion thereof by a stream or other natural boundary, any gas light corporation may charge a price not to exceed one dollar and sixty cents per thousand cubic feet, but such corporation shall not charge a greater price in the city where its main works shall be situated than in such district or ward.

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