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STATE HOSPITAL COMMISSION
By the adoption in 1894 of the new Constitution, which took effect on January 1, 1895, the State Commission in Lunacy became a constitutional body, vested with exclusive jurisdiction over all institutions for the care and treatment of the insane, epileptics and idiots expressly excepted. The Legislature. is empowered to confer additional powers and duties upon the Commission, but all laws existing at the date of the adoption of the Constitution, so far as they do not conflict with its provisions, are preserved. By the provisions of chapter 121 of the Laws of 1912, the State Commission in Lunacy is designated the State Hospital Commission. The Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor (by and with the consent of the Senate) for terms of six years, with the exception of Medical Commissioner, who serves during good behavior. No private institution for the insane can lawfully exist without a license from the Commission. By chapter 32 of the Laws of 1909, the Commission is given supervision over the expenditures of all State hospitals for the insane; no disbursements for any purpose can be made by these institutions except upon quarterly estimates, which must be submitted to the Commission for revision and approval. All vouchers for the maintenance and building improvements account of the State hospitals are paid through the office of the Commission. There is also a Bureau of Deportation which acts under the direction of the Commission in securing the return to other countries and states of alien and nonresident insane persons who have not obtained a legal residence in New
York State. The Commission appoints agents, whose duty it is to secure from friends and relatives of patients who are legally liable for the cost of their support and are able to reimburse the State therefor, in whole or in part, the cost of such support. The State hospitals are required to report to the Commission annually, and the Commission is required to report to the Legislature. One Commissioner is required to be a physician, a citizen of the State, a graduate of a legally chartered medical college, of at least ten years' experience in the actual practice of his profession, to have had five years' actual experience in the care and treatment of the insane and experience in the management of institutions for the insane. He receives a salary of $7,500. The second Commissioner is required to be a lawyer of at least ten years' standing, a citizen of the State, and he receives a salary of $5,000. The third commissioner shall be a layman, and he receives a salary of $5,000. Each commissioner receives $1,200 per annum in lieu of his traveling and other incidental expenses. The Commission from time to time with the approval of the Governor, Secretary of State and Comptroller fixes the annual salaries of the resident officers of the State hospitals which are uniform for like services. The Commission is authorized by chapter 32, Laws of 1909, to appoint a medical inspector who visits and inspects all institutions for the insane. "The seal of office is the Arms of the State, surrounded by the inscription, 'State of New York — State Hospital Commission.'"
STATE HOSPITALS [Chapter 32, The State hospitals are governed by boards of managers, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, which have the general direction and control of the property. These boards establish by-laws, rules and regulations relative to the appointment and duties of officers and employees of the hospitals and for the internal government of the same; maintain an effective inspection, for which purpose a majority of the board must visit the hospitals at least every month. The Commission appoints for each hospital, with the approval of the board of managers, a superintendent who shall be a welleducated physician, a graduate of an incorporated medical college, and who shall have had not less than five years' actual experience in an institution for the care of the insane. The superintendent of each hospital is its chief executive officer, and, subject to the regulations of the board ol managers, has the general superintendence of the buildings, grounds and property and the direction and control of all persons therein. The superintendents of all the hospitals meet whenever called upon, at the office of the State Hospital Commission to consult with the Commission upon matters relating to the care and maintenance of the State hospitals. The superintendents appoint the stewards of the State hospitals.
State Hospital Districts.
By the provisions of chapter 32, Laws of 1909, the State Hospital Commission is given power to divide the State into State hospital districts.
Utica State Hospital District.— Counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Her
FOR THE INSANE Laws of 1909] kimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren.
Hudson River State Hospital District.— Counties of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Washington and Westchester.
Middletown State Hospital District.— Counties of Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster.
Buffalo State Hospital District.— Counties of Erie and Niagara.
Willard State Hospital District.— Counties of Allegany, Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.
Binghamton State Hospital District.—Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga.
St. Lawrence State Hospital District.— Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego and St. Lawrence.
Rochester State Hospital District.
— Counties of Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming.
Long Island State Hospital District.—County of Kings.
Manhattan State Hospital District.
— Counties of New York, Bronx and Richmond.
Kings Park State Hospital District.
— Counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Central lslip State Hospital District.— Counties of Queens and Suffolk.
Gowanda State Homoeopathic Hospital District.— Counties of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua.
Mohansic State Hospital District.— Counties of New York and Westchester.
STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Education Building, Albany
[Chapter 49, Laws of 1909]
The Regents appoint a Board of Medical Examiners, consisting of nine members, who shall hold office for three years from August first of the
year in which appointed. The Regents shall annually appoint three members to fill vacancies caused by expiration of term of office. No per
son shall be appointed a member of the Board who has not been in practice in this State for at least five years prior to date of appointment. The Regents may remove any member of the Board of Examiners for misconduct, incapacity or neglect of duty, and may at any time fill vacancies caused by such removal or by death or resignation.
The Board shall submit to the Regents lists of suitable questions for examination in the several branches of medicine, shall act in an advisory
capacity and pass upon examinations, and, subject to the Regents' approval, may adopt by-laws and rules.
The Regents shall appoint a secretary to the Board of Medical Examiners, not a member of the Board, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Regents and receive an annual compensation of $4,000. The secretary shall be a duly licensed physician.
All proper expenses incurred are provided for by fees.
Lewis S. Pilcher
Earl H. King
Melvin Joseph Stearns
Henry B. Minton
Ralph H. Williams
Arthur W. Booth
William G. Bisscll
Aaron B. Miller
Willard J. Denno, Secretury.
COMMISSION ON FEDERAL LEGISLATION FOR THE ALIEN INSANE [Chapter 7, Laws of 1914]
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[Chap. 541, Laws of 1912;
By the provisions of the above act a commission is created to represent the State of New York at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, to be known as the PanamaPacific Exposition Commission. The commission shall consist of eighteen members, eight appointed by the Governor, five from the Senate by the Lieutenant-Governor, five from the Assembly by the Speaker.
Said commission shall encourage and promote a full and complete exhibit of the commercial, educational, industrial, artistic, military, naval and other interests of the State. It shall provide, furnish and maintain during the exposition a building or
Chap. 818, Laws of 1913] buildings for a State exhibit and for official headquarters.
The members shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be entitled to actual necessary expenses. The commission may appoint a secretary and fix his compensation, and also may provide for other necessary clerical assistance and office facilities.
Within ninety days after the close of the exposition, such commission shall make a verified report to the Comptroller of its disbursements, and shall also render to the Governor reports of its proceedings from time to time as requested.
NEW YORK MONUMENTS COMMISSION FOR THE BATTLEFIELDS OF GETTYSBURG, CHATTANOOGA AND ANTIETAM
[Chap. 466, Laws of 1886; Chap. 269, 1894; Chap. 317, Laws of 1895; Laws oi 1913]
This Commission consists of three Civil War veterans appointed by the Governor, who shall act with the Adjutant General of the State, and shall constitute the New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg, Chattanooga and Antietam. Their duty shall be to determine the positions and movements of the New York organizations engaged- in those battles in the Civil War, and to erect such memorials, monuments and markers upon such battlefields as may be reauired from time to time, as directed by the Legislature.
A report shall be made annually to the Governor and the Legislature, showing work performed, receipts and
Laws of 1887; Chap. 371, Laws of Chap. 578, Laws of 1907; Chap. 550,
expenditures. The Commission possesses all the powers granted to certain other commissions by laws cited in the reorganizing act above given, and all sums of money and all appropriations hitherto made by the Legislature under said chapters, all special appropriations for other monuments or memorials erected by this Commission on other battlefields or historical grounds or lands, and now in the hands of the Comptroller or Treasurer of the State, as well as all balances of money on hand in the possession of the chairman of former commissions and belonging to such commissions, and which have been drawn from the treasury of the State, shall be placed to the credit