An Act Relating to the Board of Supervisors of the City of New York 1837


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

SEC. 1. The Mayor and Recorder of the city of New York shall cease to be members of the Board of Supervisors of the county of New York. There shall be voted for, at each and every charter election hereafter to be held in the city of New York, twelve Supervisors, who shall, together, compose the Board of Supervisors of the county of New York, and hold office for one year, from the first of January in each and every year hereafter. They shall be voted for upon a separate and general ticket, but only six names for Supervisors shall be upon one ticket. The six persons receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected by the Board of City Canvassers, who shall canvass the votes in the same manner as they are required to canvass votes for charter officers ; and all the provisions of law, relating to election of charter officers, are hereby applied to the election of Supervisors. On or before the twenty-fourth day of December, in each and every year succeeding the charter election, the Mayor of the city shall appoint, as Supervisors, the six persons receiving severally the highest number of votes next to the votes received by the six Supervisors having the return of the Board of City Canvassers.

2. The vote of a majority of all the members elected to the Board of Supervisors shall be necessary to pass any act, ordinance, or resolution appropriating money; and every act, ordinance, or resolution, which shall have passed the Board of Supervisors, except such as levy any tax or taxes, before it shall take effect, shall be presented, duly certified, to the Mayor of the city of New York, for his approval. If he approve, he shall sign it ; if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to the Board, within ten days thereafter, or, if said Board be not in session, at its next meeting after that period. The Board shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and cause the same to be published in one or more Of the daily newspapers of the city of New York.

3. The Board shall, after the expiration of not less than ten days thereafter, proceed to reconsider the same ; and such act, resolution, or ordinance, if approved by a majority of all the members elected to the Board shall thereupon take effect. In all such cases, the votes of the Board shall be determined by the ayes and noes, and the names of the persons voting for and against its passage shall be entered on the journal of the Board.

4. If the Mayor shall not return any act, resolution, or ordinance so presented to him, within the time above limited for that purpose, it shall take effect in the same manner as if he hail signed it.

5. No money shall be drawn from the treasury, except the same shall have been previously appropriated to the purpose for which it is drawn; and no expense shall be incurred, whether it shall have been ordered by the Board or not, unless an appropriation of money, then in the treasury, sufficient to cover such expense, shall have been previously made.

6. The Finance Department of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the city of New York, and its officers, shall have the like power, and perform the like duties, in regard to the fiscal concerns of said Board, ?s they possess in regard to the local concerns of the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty. All moneys drawn from the treasury , by authority of the Board of Supervisors, shall be upon vouchers for the expenditure thereof, examined and allowed by the Auditor, and approved by the Comptroller; and no such moneys shall be drawn therefrom except on a warrant drawn by the Comptroller, and countersigned by the Mayor and Clerk of the Board, and no other warrant shall be necessary for such purpose.

7. No allowance or payment, beyond legal claims, shall ever be allowed by the Board.

8. The members of the Board of Supervisors, when attending as members of the Board of County Canvassers, shall not receive compensation for a greater period than ten days, for canvassing the votes of any election ; nor shall any person receive any compensation for services as a Supervisor of the said county of New York.

9. The Counsel to the Corporation of the city of New York shall be the legal adviser of the said Board of Supervisors, and shall receive such compensation for his services as shall be fixed by said Board, not exceeding the sum of two thousand dollars per annum.

10. This act shall take effect immediately.


Secretary's Office. I have compared the preceding with the original law on file in this office, and do hereby certify that the same is a correct transcript therefrom, and of the whole of said original law.

Given under my hand and seal of office, at the city of Albany, the first day of May, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven.

                                                                                                                                                       N. P. STANTON,
                                                                                                                                                          Dep. Sec. of State.


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Article Name: An Act Relating to the Board of Supervisors of the City of New York 1837
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: Valentine's Manual 1865
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