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also to extend and encourage the Employment Systems of those States where such a service now exists.

New York State was among the first to attempt to deal in a large way with the question of employment. Under the State Industrial Commission there has been built up an efficient organization in the State Public Employment Bureau, which maintains offices in some of the largest of our industrial centers. Starting with a small and modest beginning, the bureau has had a steady growth, slow, it is true, but establishing itself upon a firm basis in those communities. A force of efficient workers has been trained in this field of activity and a vast fund of information has been accumulated with regard to working conditions in the localities the bureau serves.

The Industrial Commission has recommended in its departmental request the establishment of three additional offices this year. This request, I approved, and I recommended in the tentative budget appropriations the opening of such offices in the beginning of the next fiscal year. The present offices of the Employment Bureau are located at Albany, New York city, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

The Industrial Commission's recommendations was that new offices be opened at Utica, Binghamton and Watertown.

The Secretary of Labor of the United States has now recommended the establishment of offices in the three cities mentioned, and in addition that offices be opened at Elmira, Jamestown and Newburgh. The Secretary also suggests the desirability of opening all of these offices at once. The emergency is urgent.

The Industrial Commission has submitted to me an estimate of the cost of establishing such offices. From such estimate it appears that the cost of maintaining these offices until July 1st will be $20,000. This amount should be appropriated at once and be made immediately available, to be expended under the direction of the Industrial Commission.

The State of New York has responded loyally to every demand of the Federal government.

We must not fall behind in this matter. For these reasons, therefore, and because I believe the extension of our present employment system will be of real and substantial benefit to the industries of the State and to our wage earners, I earnestly recommend the immediate appropriation of the sum of $20,000 for the purpose named.

If this be done, then it is necessary that provision be made in the annual appropriation bill for the expenses of maintaining these offices during the coming year.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Ordered, That said message be referred to the committee on

war measures.

Mr. Fowler moved to take from the table the nomination of Henry K. Williams of Dunkirk as a member of the State Fair Commission.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Fowler moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

Mr. President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 18, 1918.

To the Senate.

I hereby nominate as a trustee of Cornell University Justin Du Pratt White of Nyack, whose term of office as such trustee will expire Commencement Week of the current year.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK - EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 18, 1918.

To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a manager of the New York State Reformatory for Women, for a term to expire the first Tuesday in February, 1926, Arthur W. Lawrence of Bronxville, to succeed Charles H. Turner, whose term of office as such manager has expired.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 18, 1918. To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a trustee of the State School of Agriculture at Morrisville John H. Broad of Morrisville, who was heretofore appointed to such office and who failed to qualify.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Said nomination was referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. A. P. Brown moved that the committee on finance be discharged from further consideration of said nomination.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. A. P. Brown moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 18, 1918. To the Legislature:

The war in which the people of this country are now engaged will necessarily cause great suffering to the soldiers who are defending the nation and, through it, the great principles of democracy and liberty. To those of our fellow-citizens who are offering their lives for this purpose it is the duty of the rest of us to minimize their suffering and to provide them with all that is possible for their protection. To accomplish this purpose, the Red Cross has been incorporated by Act of Congress, and the nation is using this organization for protecting our soldiers who are fighting for their country. To sustain the immense cost of this work, voluntary contributions are necessary, and the corporations of the State should contribute along with private individuals to accomplish this purpose. It is to the people that the appeal is made for funds necessary to protect and guard our soldiers, both on the battlefields of Europe and in the camps of this country while preparing for the fighting line; and I earnestly recommend to the Legislature the enactment of legislation which will authorize corporations to join with private individuals in supplying the money necessary for this purpose and the successful prosecution of the war.

Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of section 15 of article III of the Constitution and by virtue of the authority thereby conferred upon me, I do hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate passage of Senate bill (Introductory Number 469, Printed Number 512, Assembly bill, Introductory Number 555, Printed Number 598), entitled "An act authorizing directors or trustees of corporations of this State to contribute from surplus property or assets for war relief purposes.”

Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State at

the Capitol in the city of Albany this eighteenth day (L. s.] of February in the year of our Lord one thousand

nine hundred and eighteen.

(Signed) CHARLES S. WHITMAN. By the Governor: WM. A. ORR,

Secretary to the Governor.

IN SENATE, February 20, 1918.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nominations of Fannie A. Whitney of Rochester, George E. Pier of Chili Station, and Cyril Sumner, M. D., of Rochester as managers of the State Agriculture and Industrial School, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Argetsinger moved that the said nominations be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Lee K. Frankel of New York city as a commissioner of the State Board of Charities from the city of New York, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Sage moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Anna Augusta Horton of Ovid as a manager

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of the Willard State Hospital, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation,

Mr. Hewitt moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Charles B. Hill as a member of the Public Service Commission for the Second District to succeed Seymour Van Santvoord, resigned, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation.

Mr. Gibbs moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. G. F. Thompson having been excused from voting.

Mr. Sage, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the nomination of Thomas F. Fennell of Elmira as a member of the Public Service Commission for the Second District to succeed James 0. Carr, reported the same to the Senate for confirmation,

Mr. Sage moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. G. F. Thompson having been excused from voting.

A message from the Governor, at the hands of his secretary, was received and read in the words following:

STATE OF NEW YORK — EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,

ALBANY, February 19, 1918.

To the Senate:

I hereby nominate as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Newtown Battlefield Reservation John Brand of Elmira, whose term of office as a member of said board has expired. (Signed)

CHARLES S. WHITMAN.

Mr. Walton moved that the said nomination be confirmed.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

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