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CHAP 166.

sion to ascertain

necticut.

AN ACT to provide for the settlement of the boundary lines between the State of New York and the State of Conecticut.

PASSED April 16, 1879; three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows: Commis

SECTION 1. The secretary of State, the attorney-general and the

State engineer and surveyor are hereby designated and appointed as betweeny commissioners on the part of the State of New York to ascertain the this state boundary lines between this State and the State of Connecticut,

both upon the west and south of the State of Connecticut, and the said commissioners are hereby authorized and empowered to meet such commissioners as have been or may be appointed, and vested with similar powers on the part of the State of Connecticut under authority of the legislature thereof, and with such last-mentioned commissioners as soon as may be, to ascertain and agree upon both of the said boundary lines, designating the same by suitable monuments at such places as they shall deem necessary; and said commissioners hereby appointed are authorized to employ such surveyors and assistants as may be necessary. The said commissioners shall report their doings to the legislature of this State for its consideration and

ratification. Appropri- § 2. The sum of three thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may

be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury applicable to such purposes to pay the necessary expenses and disbursements of the said commissioners in the performance of the duties required by this act, and the comptroller is authorized to draw his warrant upon the treasurer for the moneys hereby appropriated, from time to time, as the same may be needed.

§ 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

ation.

CHAP 167.

ciation Re

Metropol-, AN ACT for the safety and protection of oarsmen rowing on itan Asso-)

the Hudson river opposite the city of New York in regattas, gattas. given under the auspices of the Metropolitan Association of Amateur Oarsmen.

PASSED April 16, 1879; three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows : Police SECTION 1. It shall be lawful for the police commissioners of the Sounenis- city and county of New York, whenever they shall be notified in may keep writing by the Metropolitan Association of Amateur Oarsmen, that a clear.

regatta is to be given under its auspices on the Hudson rirer opposite Washington Heights, New York city, to keep the course used for any such regatta free and clear of all boats and vessels of every description during the actual time of the regatta, which shall not exceed six hours in any one day; provided,

course

tions,

course.

1. That there shall not be more than fire regattas in any one year. Condi

2. That the course selected for such regatta shall be above Seventysecond street, and far enough up the river so as not to interfere with any line of ferry boats running on their regular course and trips.

3. That said regatta course shall not exceed in breadth more than one-fourth the width of the river from either shore, nor shall it exceed more than three miles in length.

8 2. The course selected for any such regatta shall be plainly Course to marked out by buoys or boats anchored; such buoys or boats shall be marked. have a flag placed upon them, so that they may be readily seen.

§ 3. No boat, vessel or steamboat of any description shall be allowed Boats not on said regatta course during the actual time of any regatta except by lowed on the consent of the officers in charge of such regatta.

$ 4. Any person rowing a row-boat, or pilot of a sail-boat, sailing Penalty. vessel or steamboat, willfully going upon said regatta course, and thereby interfering with the regatta, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be liable to a penalty of not less than one hundred dollars, nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail for a time not to exceed three months, or to both penalty and imprisonment. The fine or penalty to go to the police fund of New York city.

8 5. Nothing in this act contained shall apply to, or be so construed Limitation as to interfere in any way with, sailing vessels actually engaged in ingvessels

. commerce while proceeding on their course.

$ 6. It shall be the duty of the police commissioners of the city of Police to New York to furnish a sufficient number of police to keep said regatta nished. course clear, and they shall have power to arrest any person or persons going upon such regatta course during the time of the regatta in violation of this act. The New York city police courts shall have juris

Jurisdicdiction of such cases.

tion of

offenses. 8 7. This act shall take effect immediately.

CHAP 168. . AN ACT to prohibit the charging or receiving of illegal wharf- Wharfage. age

in the cities of New York, Brooklyn and Long Island City.

PASSED April 16, 1879. The People of the State of New York, reoresented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

ŽECTION 1. It shall be the duty of every person owning or having Owners of charge of any pier, wharf, bulkhead, or slip, in either of the cities of piers,

, New York, Brooklyn, or Long Island City, to cause to be printed on etc., to the back of all bills presented by them for wharfage chapter three gay eachs hundred and fifteen of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy- 1877, printseven, regulating the rates of wharfage in said cities; and the owner, backs of consignee or person in charge of any vessel shall not be required to Lills for

wharfage. pay the wharfage or dockage due on such vessel, unless upon his demand the bill printed in conformity with this act is presented to Any person owning or having charge of any pier, wharf, bulk - Penalty for

illegal head, or slip as aforesaid, who shall receive for wharfage any rates in

wharfage. excess of those now authorized by law, shall forfeit to the party

aggrieved treble the amount so charged, as damages, to be sued for and recovered by the party aggrieved.

8 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

CHAP 171.

How dis

Chattel

AN ACT to provide for discharging chattel mortgages. mortgages.

PASSED April 16, 1879. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Whenever any mortgagor, or any person obtaining title clared of to mortgaged property, shall present to any recorder, county or town

clerk, in whose office a chattel mortgage executed by said mortgagor
on such property may be filed, a certificate from the mortgagee therein
named, or the holder or owner thereof, that such mortgage is paid or
satisfied, it shall be the duty of such recorder or either of the clerks
above mentioned, to file such certificate in his office and discharge
such mortgage, by writing in the book kept by such recorder or either
of such clerks, and opposite the entry therein of such mortgage, the
word “discharged," with the date thereof.

82. This act shall take effect immediately.
Ante, vol. 4, pp. 435, 441.

CHAP 176.

Writs of error in criminal cases.

error in

AN ACT to amend chapter eighty-two of the laws of eighteen

hundred and fifty-two, entitled An act in relation to writs of error in behalf of the people in criminal cases."

PASSED April 16, 1879. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows : Amending

SECTION 1. Section one of chapter eighty-two of the laws of eighteen ch, 82, Laws hundred and fifty-two, entitled " An act in relation to writs of error in

behalf of the people in criminal cases," is hereby amended so as to

read as follows: Writs of § 1. Writs of error to review any judgment rendered in favor of any behalf of defendant upon any indictment for any

criminal offense, except where the people. such defendant shall have been acquitted by a jury, and to review any

decision or order quasbing any indictment may be brought in behalf of the people of this State by the district attorney of the county where

such judgment, decision or order shall be rendered or granted upon the Court of

same being allowed by a justice of the supreme court; and the court appeals to review appeals shall have full power to review by writ of error in behalf of Judgment. the people any such judgment, decision or order rendered cr granted

in the supreme court in favor of any defendant charged with a criminal offense.

8 2. This act shall take effect immediately. Ante, vol. 5, p. 176. The amendment consists of inserting after the word "judgment” (except where it occurs in the first line) the words “decision or order"; and after the word “rendered” (except in first line) the words " or granted.” See 78 N. Y., p. 347, and post, p. 1052.

CHAP 178.

AN ACT in relation to assessment and other bonds of the city New York.

of New York,

PASSED April 16, 1879 ; three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Whenever it shall be lawful to issue any bonds of the Denomincity and county of New York in exchange for any bonds heretofore stoas of issued pursuant to law, the same shall be issued in denominations of twenty dollars, fifty dollars, one hundred dollars and five hundred dollars and upwards, each.

$ 2. Without pecuniary disadvantage to the said city and county of sale. New York, preference shall, as far as practicable, be given to applicants for the smallest amounts and smallest denominations of said bonds in issuing the same. $ 3. All acts inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed.

4. This act shall take effect immediately.

CHAP. 186.

ces.

AN ACT relating to ambulances.

Ambulan

PASSED April 16, 1879, The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows :

SECTION 1. Every ambulance or other vehicle used for the transpor- To have tation of sick or wounded persons or animals shall be entitled to the right of right of way over all other vehicles upon every public street, highway way. and place. Any person who shall willfully interfere with, or retard, or obstruct, or impede the progress of any such ambulance or vehicle thereon, or who shall willfully injure the same, or willfully drive any Penalty for vehicle into collision therewith, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

ing. § 2. All police officers, sheriffs and constables, shall, when called upon, aid the persons in charge of such ambulance or vehicle in plac- officers to ing sick or wounded persons or animals therein and in the enforcement of the provisions of this act.

§ 3. Nothing in this act contained shall affect the existing right of Excepway of the United States mail ; or of the officers, men and fire apparatus of any municipal fire department, or insurance patrol

$ 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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CHAP.901.

peace.

Justices of AN ACT authorizing justices of the peace to execute and file

official bonds.

PASSED April 19, 1879. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows: Bond of.

SECTION 1. Every justice of the peace in this State who is required to execute and file a bond by chapter one hundred and seven of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, shall upon executing and filing a bond as required by the said act, within sixty days after the passage of this act, be entitled to hold his said office, and discharge the duties thereof during the remainder of the term for which he was elected or appointed, and all of his official acts are hereby declared to be as valid and of the same effect as though he had executed and filed said bond within the time stated in said act; provided, that nothing in this act shall affect any suit now pending.

8 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Ante, pp. 530, 639; post, p. 773.

CHAP. 20.

Historical AN ACT to authorize historical societies in this State to hold societies. real estate for preservation and monumental purposes, and to receive historical articles in trust.

PASSED April 19, 1879; by a two-third vote. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and

Assembly, do enact as follows: Real estate

SECTION 1. Any historical society in this state is hereby authorized for monu- to have and hold for the purposes of enclosure, preservation and the mental

erection of monuments, but under no circumstances for the purposes purposes.

of business, the sites of old forts and battles, not to exceed six acres in one locality, and when such sites have been so appropriated and improved, and used for such purposes only, they shall be exempt from

taxation; and to receive donations of articles of historic interest on Historic the condition that it shall not dispose of the same, except with the articles.

consent of the donor, and that in case of its dissolution or inability to pay its debts otherwise than from its effects, the said articles shall revert to the donors or their heirs. But nothing herein contained shall be construed as authorizing the charging of any fee for the exhibition of such enclosure or structure by such historical society or their agents.

8 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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