Bill to compensate Health Department employees (A. 2043)

140 Public Papers of Governor Roosevelt

although not by any means to the extent alleged, was admitted; but it appears that the Appellate Division is already taking steps to correct them. It is to the highest degree undesirable that the legislature should take from the courts the power of determining their own calendar unless for the most incontrovertible reasons.

Theodore Roosevelt

State Of New York
Executive Chamber
Albany, May 5, 1900

Memorandum filed with Assembly bill No. 2043, introduced by Mr. Trainor, entitled “An Act authorizing the board of estimate and apportionment of the city of New York to audit and allow and also authorizing the comptroller of the city of New York to pay to certain persons compensation for services actually rendered to the city of New York in the department of health in the years eighteen hundred and ninety-nine and nineteen hundred, prior to the classification and preparation of municipal civil service eligible lists for the position of anti-toxin accountant in said department”—Not approved

This bill relates to a remarkable case of violation of the rules, that the civil service reform association has followed for some time, and with which it has dealt in various ways. As a matter of fact, no such positions as those described existed at the time the men were put in the department as bookkeepers, and there kept in violation of the law. In



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