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STATE OF NEW YORK
Professor William Carey Jones,
2625 Benvenue Avenue,
Governor Hughes directs me to acknowledge
THE NEW YORK CHARTER COMMISSION,
Dated March 8, 1909.
To the Legislature:
The Charter Revision Commission of 1907 made its report to the Governor on December 1 of that year. The report pointed out the confused condition of the law affecting the city, analyzed the city government, and recommended various amendments.
On April 13, 1908, the legislature passed an act providing for the creation of a new commission to be known as “The New York Charter Commission,” to be appointed by the Governor and to consist of fifteen persons to serve without compensation. The act defines the duties of the Commission in the following language:
to inquire into the local government of the city of New York and the counties contained therein with power to investigate the manner of conducting and transacting business in the several departments, boards and offices thereof, the effect and working of the charter of Greater New York and the acts amendatory thereof, and supplementary thereto, and of any and all other acts relating to said city, and to suggest such legislation as it may deem advisable with respect thereto. Said Commission may in its discretion draft and submit with its final report a new charter and an administrative code for the city.”
The Governor, on April 21, 1908, appointed the Commission, eight of the appointees having been members of the Charter Revision Commission of 1907.
The Commission organized on the 27th day of April, 1908, and at once took up for consideration the present condition of the city government in connection with the report of the Commission of 1907. Some time was necessarily consumed in study of that report by the members of the present Commission who had not served upon the former one. After thorough consideration the Commission has determined, besides reporting its conclusions and recommendations, to present a draft of a charter and of an administrative code, the former of which accompanies this report, the latter of which is in course of preparation and will be submitted at a later date. The two may, we believe, be advantageously made complementary parts of a single statute.