The Government of American Cities

The Government of American Cities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...the influence of the so-termed federal analogy appears very plainly. Even more distinctly, however, it is shown in the extent and nature of the powers which the charter intrusted to the mayor. In the first place, the mayoral veto here makes what is presumably its first appearance in a city charter; for one of the provisions permitted the mayor to veto any ordinance or resolution of the Baltimore council, with the limitation, however, that the veto might be overridden by a three-fourths vote. In the second place, the mayor was invested with certain powers of appointment; but his discretionary authority in this direction was, for the time being, closely restricted by the requirement that he must make all his appointments from lists submitted to him by the aldermen. Finally, by the terms of this charter the mayor was charged with the enforcement of all the city ordinances; he might call for financial statements from the officers of the city treasury at any time, and he was authorized to make recommendations to the city council. 1 In New York he was appointed by the governor; in Philadelphia he was chosen by the council from among the aldermen; only in the smaller boroughs was he ever elected, and even there not very often. 1 In practice re-appointments were very common. ' For a more detailed statement of powers vested in the colonial mayor, see J. A. Fairlie's Essays in Municipal Administration (New York, 1908), 68--9. 4 Lows of Maryland, 1796, ch. 68. It is at this early point, the closing years of the eighteenth influence of century, that we find the principle of division of powers mak-ing its way down from the national and state constitutions into the charters of cities and gaining in the latter a firm anchorage. The mayor is no longer a...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663500
  • 9781236663504