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said former sale shall be and is hereby made a valid and legal sale of said bonds, provided such bidder will take them, and pay therefor, according to his bid, as made at the time of said sale, in which case the said board of trustees may award and issue said bonds to him, and the same shall be in all respects and things a valid sale and issue of said bonds, as though made according to the strict form of the statute in such case provided, but if the bidder for said bonds shall refuse to take them upon his bid, and the sale and award thereof to him as hereby authorized, then, and in that case, it shall be legal for the board of trustees of the village of East Syracuse to readvertise said bonds in the manner provided by the village law for the sale of bonds, and again offer said bonds for sale, and sell the same in the manner provided by the village law, and when so sold and issued, in either of the cases provided in this section, the said bonds are hereby declared to be legal and valid obligations of the village of East Syracuse; and each and every act of said village and its board of trustees heretofore done, undertaken, or begun, in pursuance of the objects of, or any object of this act, are and each of them is ratified, confirmed and declared valid.

§ 3. The board of trustees of the village of East Syracuse shall cause to be raised annually, by the levy and collection of taxes upon the taxable property of the village, such sums from year to year as shall be sufficient to meet and make the payments for interest and principal of said bonds as the same shall become due until the last of said bonds and the whole thereof be fully paid. 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chap. 696.

AN ACT to provide for the improvement of Central street in the village of Moravia from Main street to the western terminus of Central street with pavement and to provide for the issuing of bonds in aid of such construction.

Became a law, July 22, 1907, with the approval of the Governor. Passed, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The board of trustees of the village of Moravia, Cayuga county, New York, are hereby authorized whenever the taxpayers of the village of Moravia vote an appropriation for the

purpose of paving Central street from Main street to its western terminus, and to issue bonds to aid in its construction. Said bonds to be issued for a period of not exceeding ten years, in denomination of five hundred dollars each with interest at four per centum per annum, payable annually. At least one thousand dollars of said bonds to become due and payable annually, and the trustees are hereby authorized and directed to levy a tax annually for a sufficient sum to provide for the payment of the bonds to be issued as aforesaid, and the annual interest on all sums unpaid. Said bonds to be executed by the president of the village of Moravia, Cayuga county, New York, attested by the clerk of said village and bearing the seal of said village.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chap. 697.

AN ACT to amend chapter two hundred and twenty of the laws of eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled "An act to amend the charter of the village of Saratoga Springs, and the several acts amendatory thereof," in relation to increase of the salary of the assistant chief, electrician and permanent firemen of the fire. department of said village.

Became a law, July 22, 1907, with the approval of the Governor. Passed, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Section twenty-six of chapter two hundred and twenty of the laws of eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled "An act to amend the charter of the village of Saratoga Springs, and the several acts amendatory thereof," as amended by chapter one hundred and seventy-eight of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-three, chapter two hundred and five of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-four, chapter two hundred and thirty of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-five, chapter three hundred and twenty-two of the laws of eighteen hundred and eighty-seven, chapter five hundred and forty-seven of the laws of nineteen hundred and one, chapter one hundred and seventy-six of the laws of nineteen hundred and four, and

chapter one hundred and twenty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred and five, is hereby amended to read as follows:

§ 26. The terms of office of the fire commissioners of the village of Saratoga Springs shall cease and determine on the passage of this act, and the powers, duties and functions now by law exercised by and imposed upon them, are hereby granted to, and concentrated upon, and vested in a single fire commissioner who shall be appointed by the president of the said village of Saratoga Springs from among the citizens and residents of the village of Saratoga Springs, within five days after the passage of this act. The said commissioner and his successors to be appointed as herein provided, shall be officers of said village, and each and every such commissioner shall constitute the fire commission of said village. The said commissioner unless sooner removed, shall hold office for three years and until the first day of May, nineteen hundred and eight, and until his successor shall be appointed and has qualified. The successor in office of said commissioner shall be appointed by the president of said village within five days after any vacancy shall occur, and if no vacancy shall occur by reason of death, resignation or removal of said commissioner, within ten days prior to the expiration of said term of three years. Every commissioner appointed by or pursuant to this act, shall before entering upon his office and within thirty days after his appointment, take the constitutional oath of office, and file the same with the clerk of said village, and give a bond for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office in the sum of five thousand dollars, with one or more sureties to be approved by the president of said village, and the failure of any person so appointed to give such bond for thirty days after notice of his appointment by the president of said village, shall be deemed a refusal to accept the same and the office shall thereupon become vacant. The said commissioner when qualified by the taking and filing of said oath and the giving and approval of said bond, and his successors, shall be vested with the entire and exclusive management and control of all the apparatus for the extinguishment of fires, now belonging to said village, or which may hereafter be procured, and all property of said village, real and personal, used or intended to be used by the fire department of said village. Said commissioner shall control the expenditures of all funds belonging to said department, and shall keep a record of his proceedings as such commissioner. The village clerk of the

village of Saratoga Springs shall be the clerk of said fire commissioner, and shall record the proceedings of said commissioner in a book kept for that purpose and shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by said commissioner, but not to exceed one hundred dollars. No commissioner appointed pursuant to this act shall hold any other village office during the continuance of his term of office. It shall be the duty of said commissioner to continue the present organization of the fire department of said village upon the system known as the "central house system," making, however, such changes in the details thereof as he shall from time to time deem best for the efficient performance of its duties. He shall have power to appoint the following officers of said department: a chief engineer, an assistant engineer who shall also serve as a permanent fireman, a superintendent of fire alarm telegraph who shall also serve as a permanent fireman. He shall also have the power to employ on such terms as he shall think best, four or more permanent firemen, one of whom shall be designated by the said commissioner as captain, and thirty call firemen. Said call firemen shall not be appointed for a longer term than one year. The compensation of said officers and employees shall be fixed by the commissioner payable out of the funds of the fire department, and no appointment nor contract for the employment of any person for a longer period than one year shall be made. The appointment or employment of such officers or members shall be subject to their removal whenever the said commissioner shall deem it best for the interests of the department, but said chief engineer, assistant engineer, captain, superintendent of fire alarm telegraph, and permanent fireman* shall not nor shall either of them be removed dur ing the term of their appointment except for cause, and after having had a reasonable opportunity of being heard. The assistant engineer, captain and permanent firemen, superintendent of fire alarm telegraph and call firemen shall also be subject to summary suspension at the direction of the chief engineer, which suspension shall continue until such suspended assistant engineer, captain, permanent firemen, superintendent of fire alarm telegraph and call firemen shall be given a hearing, if they so desire, before said commissioner. The said commissioner shall notify, at least five days before said hearing is appointed to be held, each and every such suspended assistant engineer, captain, and permanent firemen, superintendent of fire alarm telegraph and call firemen of the date thereof, at which hearing such suspension and

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the reason therefor shall be reported to the said commissioner by the said chief engineer, whereupon such suspended officer or employee may be heard; and no such suspension by the said chief engineer shall be for a longer period than thirty days unless the said commissioner, at a meeting to be held pursuant hereto, confirms and endorses said suspension. Said commissioner, shall annually in the first week of March make a report to the trustees of said village of the items of his disbursements during the year and the general condition of the affairs of the said department. The said trustees may also, at any time, call upon said commissioner for a report in writing concerning any of his proceedings; and it shall be his duty to render the same, and upon the resolution of two-thirds of the trustees, an action may be instituted in the name of the village against such commissioner for any damage to the village from his misfeasance, malfeasance or default in the discharge of his duties.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

Chap. 698.

AN ACT to establish and maintain a water department in and for the city of Cortland.

Became a law, July 22, 1907, with the approval of the Governor. Passed, three-fifths being present.

Accepted by the city.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. A board of water commissioners in and for the city of Cortland is hereby by this act created, to be known as the Cortland water board, which, exclusive of the mayor of said city, shall at all times consist of six members, who shall be residents and taxpayers of said city. The first six water commissioners of the said city of Cortland, exclusive of the mayor, and their respective terms of office, shall be as follows: George Cooper and A. A. Carley, who shall hold such office until the first day of February, nineteen hundred and nine, Albert Allen and Bryant Winchell, who shall hold such office until the first day of February, nineteen hundred and eleven, and Henry Corcoran and Fred Nourse, who shall hold such office until the first day of February, nineteen

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