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Under the Charter the City has the power to regulate the rates, etc. as it has already done, and certainly there should be no interference by the Legislature in a matter which is purely a local City matter.

I would say also that I was in Albany yesterday and saw Senator Thompson, Chairman of the Investigating Committee, and he told me that he was very strongly in favor of bringing all public utilities, including municipal ferries, under the Public Service Commission, but that this was only his personal view.

He also said that he was going to try and have the full committee meet here in New York on Friday and take up the question of submitting bills now to the Legislature amending the Public Service Law. Very sincerely yours,

GEORGE P. HOTALING. Which was referred to the Corporation Counsel.

New York Connecting Railway Company-In the Matter of the Payments to

be Made by, for Use of Certain Property on Wards and Randall's Islands for Railroad Construction Purposes. The Comptroller presented the following report:

March 10, 1916. To the Honorable the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen—The Commissioners of the Sinking Fund on June 23, 1915, authorized and approved of an amended agreement between the City and the New York Connecting Railroad Company, for the use of certain City property on Wards and Randalls Islands for railroad and constructional purposes.

Pursuant to said resolution the Comptroller of The City of New York is authorized to accept a deduction in rental from time to time for the property used temporarily for constructional purposes in proportion to the area released by the Company and to advise the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund of said deduction in rent.

I hereby notify the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund that deducations in rental have been accepted for lands on Wards and Randalls Islands, which have been released by the company as follows:

The first release as of February 1, 1915, reduced the area temporarily occupied by the Company from 425,751 square feet (the area mentioned in the original agreement), to 292,302 square feet.

A further release as of January 1, 1916, reduced the area temporarily occupied by 90,668 square feet, which at the rental price of 5 cents per square foot equals an annual rental of $4,533.40.

With the above deductions, the temporarily occupied area remaining, 201,634 square feet, at 5 cents per square foot, will give an annual rental of $10,081.70. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Which was ordered printed in the minutes and filed.

Application of the Gettysburg Committee (Lincoln Loyal Legion) for Permission to Exhibit a Picture of the Battle of Gettysburg in the Hall of Records.

(This matter was on the calendar of the last meeting and referred to the Secretary.)

The Secretary reported that the premises applied for were assigned by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment to the Register of New York County, who was about to take possession, and the chairman of the Gettysburg Committee, when informed of this fact, requested that permission be granted to use a room in the northeast corner of the basement of the City Hall.

The Chairman of the Committee appeared before the Board and was informed by the President of the Board of Aldermen that the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor had exclusive jurisdiction over space in the City Hall and that the application could not be granted.

It was then suggested to the Chairman of the Committee that she apply to the Armory Board for use of one of its armories.

Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity-Assignment to, of Twenty

Horse Blankets Turned Over by Fire Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On February 9, 1916, the Fire Department surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

Twenty (20) horse blankets.

In a communication dated February 9, 1916, the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resclution authorizing the assigament is therefore recommended. Respectfully, ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller.

Resolver, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Water Supply, Gas ad Electricity the following property turned over by the Fire Department as no longer required:

Twenty (20) horse blankets.
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity-Assignment to, of Fortyone

Steel Lockers Turned Over by Fire Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On February 16, 1916, the Fire Department surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

Forty-one (41) steel lockers.

In a communication dated February 26, 1915, the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is, therefore, recommended. Respectfully, ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller.

Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Water Supply. Gas and Electricity the following property, turned over by the Fire Department as no longer required:

Forty-one (41) steel lockers.

The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted. Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity-Assignment to, of One

Oak Closet Turned Over by Finance Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, the City of Vew York:

Gentlemen-On February 17, 1916, the Department of Finance surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

One (1) oak closet.

In a communication dated February 25, 1916, the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity requested the assignment of the property above referred ta The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully, ALEX, BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller.

Resolved, That pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, hereby assign to the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity the following property turned over by the Department of Finance as no longer required:

One (1) oak closet.
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity-Assignment to, of Two

Plan Cases Turned Over by Bureau of Contract Supervision of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution :

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On February 16, 1916, the Bureau of Contract Supervision of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

1 wo (2) "B" sections type "A" plan case; two (2) "C" sections type "A" plan case.

In a communication dated March 4, 1916, the Department of Water Supply. Gas and Electricity requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully, ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller.

Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity the following property turned over by the Bureau of Contract Supervision of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment as no longer required.

Two (2) “B” sections type “A” plan case; two (2) "C" sections type “A” plan case.

The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

President, Borough of Manhattan-Assignment to, of Four Dockmaster's Office

Buildings Turned Over by Dock Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution :

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-The Department of Docks and Ferries, on March 3, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, the property described in the accompanying resolution.

The President of the Borough of Manhattan in a communication dated March 3, 1916, requested the assignment of this property. The adoption of the said resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the President of the Borough of Manhattan the following property turned over by the Department of Docks and Ferries as no longer required:

One (1) Dockmaster's office building, on bulkhead, Gansevoort Pier, North; one (1) Dockmaster's office building, on Pier East 32d Street; one (1) Dockmaster's office building on Pier, West 35th street; one (1) Dockmaster's office building, on Marginal way at Horatio street.

The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Department of Street Cleaning-Assignment to, of Three Hollerith Punches

Turned Over by President, Borough of Richmond. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On March 4, 1916, the President of the Borough of Richmond surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property, as no longer required:

Two (2) Hollerith-Key Punches; one (1) Hollerith-Gang Punch.

In a communication dated February 25, 1916, the Department of Street Cleaning requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Street Cleaning the following property turned over by the President of the Borough of Richmond as no longer required.

Two (2) Hollerith-Key Punches; one (1) Hollerith-Gang Punch.
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Bridge Department-Assignment to, of One Electric Truck and One Ambulance

Turned Over by Department of Public Charities. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On February 29, 1916, the Department of Public Charities surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

One (1) electric truck; one (1) ambulance (Studebaker).

In a communication dated March 4, 1916, the Department of Bridges requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Bridges the following property turned over by the Department of Public Charities as no longer required:

One (1) electric truck; one (1) ambulance (Studebaker).
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Department of Correction-Assignment to, of Five Barrels of Molasses Turned

Over by Department of Street Cleaning The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution :

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-On February 28, 1916, the Department of Street Cleaning surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund the following property as no longer required:

Five (5) barrels of Porto Rico molasses.

In a communication, dated February 16, 1916, the Department of Correction requested the assignment of the property above referred to. The adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, hereby assign to the Department of Correction the following property turned over by the Department of Street Cleaning as no longer required.

Five (5) barrels of Porto Rico molasses.
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Park Department, Bronx-Assignment to, of 1 One-ton Buick Truck Turned Over

by Fire Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution :

March 9, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-The Fire Department on March 1, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund as no longer required, property described in the accompanying resolution.

The Department of Parks, Borough of The Bronx, in a communication dated February 23, 1916, requested the assignment of this property. The adoption of the attached resolution, authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Parks, Borough of The Bronx, the following property turned over by the Fire Department as no longer required:

One (1) one-ton Buick delivery truck, No. 7.
The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Finance Department-Assignment to, of 15 Balls of Twine, etc. Turned Over by Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 10, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-The Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on February 24, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund as no longer required the property described in the accompanying resolution.

The Department of Finance, in a communication dated March 1, 1916, requested the assignment of this property. The adoption of the said resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX, BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller.

Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Finance the following property turned over by the Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportion:nent as no longer required:

15 balls medium twine; 20 reams letter paper, size 8/2 by 11; 55 white pads, size 8 by 10; 4 jars Carter's paste, size 5 oz.; 75 expansion envelopes, size 10 by 15; 50 mailing envelopes, size 9 by 12; 3 boxes assorted rubber bands, 5 pencil erasers, 1 dozen penholders, 12 dozen pencils, No. 3; 2 blue pencils, 16 legal size white ruled pads, 1 box small Gem clips, 5 boxes Ideal clamps No. 1, 3 boxes fasteners No. 4, 2 sponges, 12 gross pens No. 442, 12 gross pens No 048, 2 pyramids of pins, 2 typewriter erasers, 6 boxes carbon paper, size 8/2 by 11; 12 green desk blotters, 4 paper weights, 1 wire desk tray, 10 Pitman's stenographer's note books, 14 stenographer's note books, 1 Remington typewriter, No. 10; 1 typewriter desk and chair.

The report was adopted and the resolution unanimously adopted.

Department of Taxes and Assessments—Assignment to, of One Edison Rotary

Mimeograph Machine Turned Over by Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 10, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sirking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen-The Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportion on February 24, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund as no longer required, the property described in the accompanying resolution.

The Department of Taxes and Assessments, in a communication dated February 10, 1916, requested the assignment of this property. The adoption of the said resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX, BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund herehy assign to the Department of Taxes and Assessments the following property turned over by the Committee on Taxation of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment as no longer required.

One (1) Edison Rotary mimeograph machine, No. 78.

The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted. Department of Correction-Assignment_to, of Desks and Cabinet Turned Over

by Finance Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 10, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen–The Department of Finance on February 29, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund as no longer required, the property described in the accompanying resolution.

The Department of Correction in a communication dated March 3, 1916, requested the assignment of this property. The adoption of the said resolution authorizing the assignment is therefore recommended. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Department of Correction the following property turned over by the Department of Finance as no longer required:

One (1) oak roll top desk; one (1) oak typewriter desk; one (1) oak filing cabinet.

The report was accepted and the resolution unanimously adopted. Park Department, Queens Assignment to, of a Quantity of Iron Turned Over

by the Fire Department. The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

March 10, 1916. To the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, The City of New York:

Gentlemen—The Fire Department on February 26, 1916, surrendered to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund as no longer required the property described in the accompanying resolution.

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