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1 John T. Hoffman, Governor Hoffman's Veto of New York Charter 1 (1872)

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 Veto of New York Charter.

                             EXECUTIVE CIIAMBRI,
                                Albany, April 30, 1872.
To the Assembly:
  I return without approval, Assembly Bill, No. 118, entitled
an Act to reorganize the local government of the city of New
  The  bill provides a new charter for the city of New York,
the main features of which are these: One board of forty-five
Aldermen,  elected, nine in each Senate district, by a novel
method called the cumulative vote, under which one man may
vote nine times for one candidate and whereby a minority can
elect its candidate or candidates against the will of the majority
in the district; this board of aldermen to appoint four out of
the five heads which are given to each of the administrative
departments, except the Police Board, of which the Common
Council appoints all the members and the mayor is made, by
virtue of his office, an additional member thereof; the mayor
has the power of appointing the presiding member of the boards
of five who severally control the other departments. The
law department alone is left with one head chosen by the mayor,
Comptroller and first judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and
removable by the mayor for cause.
  When   considering charters for cities and villages I have not
felt myself justified in interposing the executive Veto, where a
difference of opinion existed between the Legislature and my-
self only on minor details, not involving important principle.
This bill, however, is, in its main features, contrary to the es-
tablished fundamental principles of good government, as recog-
nized by the people of this country, and is likely to lead to very
great evils. It vests in the Common Council the appointment

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