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And each of the Municipalities comprised within or consolidatod to form
said City, and not contained in the Greater New York Charter
FEBRUARY 1, 1778, TO JANUARY 1, 1981
A list of Corporations Incorporated by Special Statutos within the
within Greater New York.
Edited and Printed under the Supervision of the New York City Charter
Commission, created by Chapter 348, Laws of 1921
Since the creation of the Board of Statutory Consolidation by Chapter 664 of the Laws of 1904, the Legislature has from time to time authorized the preparation of indexes for both the general and special statutes of the State of New York. What has been done in this direction is very well summarized in the preface to an Index of the Unconsolidated Laws, which was prepared by the Legislative Bill Drafting Commissioners and published in 1919. The Legislature has also authorized, by separate enactments, the preparation of digests of statutes affecting several of the cities of the State.
The number of special statutes affecting the City of New York has increased yearly, with the city growth in population, area and activities. For the purpose of gathering into one volume all such special statutes affecting Greater New York and not contained within the Greater New York Charter, Chapter 930 of the Laws of 1914 provided for the preparation “under the direction of the Chairman of the Senate and Assembly Committees on the Affairs of Cities, of a digest of all independent and collateral statutes affecting in any way the City of New York and each of the municipalities comprised within or consolidated to form said city and not contained in the Greater New York Charter.”
In planning the scope and arrangement of this work, the special statutes fell naturally into two classes — statutes specifically repealed by subsequent statutes, and 'statutes not thus specifically repealed. The object in listing the repealed statutes was to bring together, in chronological order, all the statutes in any way related to the purpose of the Digest, although they had been specifically and in terms repealed. They were deemed of value to the work from the viewpoint of the history of legislation affecting New York City. With their topical index supplementing their chronological arrangement, the statutory law on any subject formerly affecting New York City can be readily ascertained. The special statutes not specifically repealed are also placed in chronological sequence. The purpose of each act in this class has been used as a short title. The title has been followed by a digest of the act itself, indicating the full scope of the act and expressed in the terms of the act thus digested. The digest of each act is followed by reference to such other acts as have affected (otherwise than by specifically repealing) the act digested. In the citation of affecting acts there has been no assumption of judicial interpretation or suggestion, and the effect of the affecting statutes has been stated in the terms of the statute cited, by the use of such words as "amended," added,” supplemented ” and the like. The statutes listed and digested are accompanied by subject indexes which were prepared as the work progressed.
In preparing the Digest certain private statutes relating to quasi-public incorporations within the territory of Greater New York have been made available. These incorporations, such as ferries, tramways, railroads, hospitals, schools, banks, etc., have been listed separately, together with acts affecting them, in the form of an alphabetical index.
To locate the settlements, villages and towns that were consolidated to form Greater New York, it was necessary to consult old maps, charts, gazetteers and