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Second ward.

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$ 4. The second ward of said city shall

comprise the following district, viz: Beginning at a point on the East river at the centre line of Fulton street continued, and running thence southeasterly along the centre of Fulton street to a point opposite the centre of Sands street; thence easterly along the centre of Sands street to the centre of Bridge street; thence northerly along the centre of Bridge street and a line in continuation thereof to the East river; and thence westerly along the East river to the place of begin

ning Third ward. 5. The third ward of said city shall comprise the following

district, viz: Beginning at a point on Fulton street where the centre lines of Fulton street and Hicks street intersect each other, and running thence southeasterly along the centre of Fulton street to the centre of Court street; thence southerly along the centre of Court street to the centre of Atlantic street; thence westerly along the centre of Atlantic street to the centre of Hicks street; and thence northerly along the centre of Hicks street to the place

of beginning. Fourth $ 6. The fourth ward of the said city shall comprise the fol

lowing district, viz: Beginning at a point where the centre lines of Sand street and Fulton street intersect each other, and running thence easterly along the centre of Sands street to the centre of Bridge street; thence southerly along the centre of Bridge street to the centre of Fulton avenue; and thence northwesterly along the centre of Fulton avenue and Fulton street to the place of beginning.

§ 7. The fifth ward of the said city shall comprise the following district, viz: Beginning at a point where the centre lines of Bridge street and Johnson street intersect each other, and running thence easterly along the centre of Johnson street to the centre of Navy street; thence northerly along the centre of Navy street to the northerly side of Nassau street; thence easterly along Nassau street to the southwesterly corner of the United States navy yard; thence northerly, northwesterly and northeasterly along the United States navy yard to the East river ; thence westerly along the East river to a point on the continuation of the centre line of Bridge street; thence southerly along the centre of said street to

the place of beginning. Sixth ward. $ 8. The sixth ward of said city shall comprise the following

district, viz: Beginning at a point in the East river, on the centre line of Atlantic street, or a line in continuation thereof, and running thence easterly along the centre of Atlantic street to the centre of Court street; thence southerly along the centre of Court street to Gowanus bay; thence westwardly, northerly and northeasterly along Gowanus bay and the East river to Atlantic street at the place of beginning.

§ 9. The seventh ward of said city shall comprise the following district, viz: Beginning at a point where the centre lines of Fulton avenue and Bridge street intersect each other; thence running northerly along the centre of Bridge street, to the centre

Fifth ward.

Seventh ward.

of Johnson street; thence easterly along the centre of Johnson street to the centre of Navy street; thence northerly along the centre of Navy street to the northerly side of Nassau street ; thence easterly along Nassau street to the southwesterly corner of the United States navy yard; thence northerly along the same to the East river ; thence easterly along the East river and the Wallabout bay to the centre of Clinton avenue, or a line in continuation thereof; thence southerly along the centre of Clinton avenue to the centre of Atlantic avenue; thence westerly and northwesterly along the centre of Atlantic avenue and Atlantic street to a point where the central lines of Atlantic street and Flatbush avenue intersect each other; thence northwesterly along the centre of Flatbush avenue to the centre of Fulton avenue, and from thence westerly along the centre of Fulton avenne, to the place of beginning.

§ 10. The eighth ward of said city shall comprise the following Eigh.th district, viz: Beginning at a point where the centre lines of Flat- ward bush avenue and Fifth avenue intersect, and running thence southeasterly along the centre of Flatbush avenue to the line of the town of Flatbush ; thence southwesterly along said Flatbush line to the line of the town of New-Utrecht, crossing a highway called Martense’s lane ; thence southwesterly along said line to the southerly boundary of said city of Brooklyn; thence northWesterly along the line of New-Utrecht to the bay of New York ; thence northeasterly along the said bay and along Gawanus bay to the centre line of First avenue ; thence northeasterly along the centre of First avenue to the centre of First street; thence southeasterly along the centre of First street to the centre of the Fifth avenue ; thence northeasterly along the centre of the Fifth avenue to the place of beginning.

§ 11. The ninth ward of said city shall comprise the following Ninth ward. districts, viz: Beginning at a point where the centre lines of Atlantic avenue and Flatbush avenue intersect each other, and running thence southeasterly along the centre of the Flatbush avenue, to the line of the town of Flatbush; thence easterly along the said line, and crossing a highway called the Clove road, and a highway called the Newlots road, and also the road of the Brooklyn, Jamaica and Flatbush Turnpike Company, which leads to Jamaica, to the place where the lines of the towns of Flatbush and Bushwick, and the city of Brooklyn meet together; thence north westerly along the line of the town of Bushwick to the centre of Flushing avenue; thence westerly along the centre of Flushing avenue to the centre of Nostrand avenue ; thence southerly along the centre of Nostrand avenue to the centre of DeKalb avenue ; thence westerly along the centre of DeKalb avenue to the centre of Bedford avenue; thence southerly along the centre of Bedford avenne to the centre of Atlantic avenue; thence westerly and northwesterly along the centre of Atlantic avenue to the place of beginning.

Eleventh ward.

Tenth ward § 12. The tenth ward of said city shall comprise the following

district, viz: Beginning at a point formed by the intersection of the centre lines of Court street and Fulton street, and running thence easterly along the centre of Fulton street and Fulton avenue, to the point formed by the intersection of the centre lines of Fulton avenue and Flatbush avenue; thence southerly along the centre of Flatbush avenue to the centre of the Fifth avenue; thence southwesterly along the centre of the Fifth avenue to the centre of First street; thence northwesterly along the centre of First street to the centre of the First avenue; thence southerly along the centre of the First avenue to Gowanus bay; thence westerly along Gowanus bay to the centre of Court street ; thence northerly along the centre of Court street to the place of beginning.

§ 13. The eleventh ward of said city shall comprise the following district, viz: Beginning at a point formed by the intersection of the centre lines of Clinton avenue and Atlantic avenue, and running thence easterly along the centre of Atlantic avenue, to the centre of Bedford avenue; thence northerly along the centre of Bedford avenue to the centre of DeKalb avenue; thence easterly along the centre of DeKalb avenue to the centre of Nostrand avenue; thence northerly along the centre of Nostrand avenue, to the centre of Flushing avenue; thence easterly along the centre of Flushing avenue to the line of the town of Williamsburgh ; thence northwesterly along the line of the town of Williamsburgh to the Wallabout bay; thence southerly along the Wallabout bay to the centre of Clinton avenue; and thence southerly along the centre of Clinton avenue to the place of beginning.

§ 14. The said several wards of said city, except as otherwise provided in this act, shall be considered, and are hereby declared to be, towns of the county of Kings.

Wards considered towne.

TITLE II.

Boards.

OF THE CITY COUNCIL. § 1. The legislative power of the said corporation shall be Legislative power.

vested in a mayor, a board of aldermen and a board of common councilmen, who together shall form the city council.

§ 2. The board of aldermen shall consist of one alderman to be elected by each ward. The board of common councilmen, until the period next hereinafter specified, shall consist of two persons elected from each ward.

§ 3. After the state census shall have been taken in the year councilmen one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, the board of common bow chosen councilmen shall consist of thirty members, to be chosen by the

respective wards, upon the basis of their population, excluding aliens and persons of color not taxed; and it shall be the duty of the board of aldermen to make a just apportionment of the members of the board of common councilmen among the several wards, in proportion to their population, at least six weeks before the charter election to be held next after the taking of said

Board of common

after 1855.

men to be

census, but every ward shall have at least one member; and the said board of aldermen may in their discretion order that this apportionment shall be made and take effect, after the United States census of one thousand eight hundred and fifty.

$ 4. When the apportionment shall have been made as in the Apportionlast preceding section directed, it shall remain unaltered until

long to conanother state enumeration shall take place, when, and as often tinue. thereafter as such census shall be taken, a readjustment of the representation of each ward in said board of common councilmen shall be again made by the board of aldermen then in office, upon the same principles and within the same period hereinbefore directed.

§ 5. Every alderman and common councilmen shall, at the time Aldermen of his election, be an elector of the ward in which he shall be

and council. chosen, and shall have been a resident of the city for at least electors. three years immediately previous thereto.

$ 6. The board of aldermon first elected after this act takes Aldermen to effect as a law, shall, at its first meeting, be divided into two into two classes. The aldermen of the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and classes. eleventh wards, shall form one class; and the aldermen of the remaining wards shall form the other class. The mayor shall then determine by lot in open board the respective terms of office of each of said classes, certify the same in writing, and file it with the clerk of the board, who shall enter the same on its journal. § 7. The first of said classes in the board of aldermen shall Tenure of

office. hold office one year, and the second two years; but after the first year their term of office shall be two years. The term of office of common councilmen shall be one year.

§ 8. Members of the city council shall, unless removed for Ibid. cause, hold office until their places are supplied by the election of new members, who shall have qualified in the manner provided by this act. They may also resign their respective offices at any time, by filing written notice thereof with the clerk of the board of which they are members, and publishing a copy of such notice in the corporation newspapers ; and the city council shall have power to direct a special election to supply any vacancy that may occur in either board, but the person so elected shall hold office only for the residue of the term so vacated.

$ 9. Each board shall appoint a clerk, who shall perform such Each board duties as may be prescribed for him by such boards respectively. clerk! The clerk of the board of aldermen shall also be the city clerk, and hold his office two years. The clerk of the board of common councilmen shall be the assistant city clerk, and shall serve one year. Either clerk may be removed for cause. § 10. The two boards shall have concurrent powers,

with a ne

Concurrent

powers of gative on each other's proceedings; shall in all cases act as sepa- boards. rate bodies, except as hereinafter otherwise provided, and shall not appoint any joint committees, except a committee of finance. They shall seat in separate chambers, and the doors to be kept open, except when the public welfare requires secrecy. A majo

to elect a

rity of each board shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members. And no act, resolution or ordinance, which shall have passed one board, shall be acted upon by the other board on the same day, unless by unanimous consent, except in

case of invasion, insurrection or pestilence. Each board § 11. Each board shall annually elect a president from its own president.

body, and in his absence a president for the time being; choose its own clerk and other officers, appoint its times and places of meeting, determine the rules of its own proceedings, be the sole judge of the qualifications of its members, keep a journal of its proceedings, and may punish or expel a member for disorderly conduct, or declare his seat vacated by reason of absence ; provided such absence be continued for the space of two months. But no expulsion shall take place except by the vote of a majority of all the members elected, nor until the delinquent member shall

have had an opportunity to be heard in his defence. Acts, &c., to § 12. Every act, ordinance, or resolution of the city council, bo presented shall before it takes effect, be presented, duly certified, to the to the mayor for his ap

mayor. If he approves it, he shall sign it, if not, he shall return proval.

it with his objections, and file it with the clerk of the board in which it originated, within ten days after he received it ; the said board shall, at its first regular meeting thereafter, enter the objections at large on its journal and forthwith cause the same to be published; after which it shall proceed to reconsider the same, and if a majority of all the members elected in each board shall then agree to pass the same, it shall take effect as a law; but in every such case the votes shall be taken by ayes and noes and entered on the journal of each board. And if such ordinance or resolution shall not be returned by the mayor, within ten days after he has received it, it shall become a law in like manner as if he

had signed it. Statement of § 13. The city council shall at least once a year, not more than receipts and expenditures

thirty nor less than fifteen days before the annual charter election to be pub- publish in such of the newspapers printed in the city as they shall

designate, a full statement of all the receipts and expenditures of every description, for the fiscal year preceding such statement : including all the moneys which have passed through the hands of the treasurer or comptroller for any purpose whatever ; together with the different sources of city revenue, the amount received under each, the several appropriations made by the city council, the objects for which the same were made, and the sums expended for each, also any moneys borrowed upon the credit of the city, whether by temporary loans or by the issue of bonds, the terms upon which they were obtained, the authority under which they were borrowed, and the purposes to which they were applied; and how much of the same or other city indebtedness has been repaid and by what means. The statement shall also include, a detailed account of the city property, existing debts of every description, and the condition of the sinking fund, with all such other infor

lished.

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