Chronological Order of Chief Events in the Consolidation Movement 1894-1895


February 8, 1894

Consolidation bill passed Assembly by 106 to 7.

February 25, 1894

Edward M. Grout writes the New York Times, advocating equal taxation amendment.

February 27, 1894

Consolidation bill passed by the Senate shorn of Senator Reynolds' equal taxation clause, by a vote of 18 to 7.

October 15, 1894

The commission issued this statement:
"Your vote is only a simple expression of opinion. Actual consolidation does not come until the Legislature acts. Electors will please observe that this vote amounts to nothing more than a simple expression of opinion on the general subject of consolidation. it is merely the gathering of the sentiment of the electors each municipality advisory as to future proceedings. If every ballot in a city or town were cast in favor of consolidation there would be no finality about it; no consolidation would result until further action by the legislature prescribing methods, terms and conditions."

November 6, 1894

Vote at general election in Kings County for consolidation 64,744; against, 64,467; in New York County, for, 96,938; against, 59,959; in Queens County, for, 7,712; against, 4,741; in Richmond, for, 5,531; against, 1,505;in Mount Vernon, for, 872; against, 1,603; in Eastchester, for, 374; against, 260; in Westchester, for, 630; against, 631; in Pelham, for, 261; against, 153.

November 12, 1894

J.S.T. Stranahan proposed progressive consolidation with one city but two counties.

November 13, 1894

Commission want union at once, charter later.

November 14, 1894

Proposition to resubmit question of consolidation to voters.

November 21, 1894

Organization of League of Loyal Citizens, opposed to consolidation.

November 25, 1894

Women organize against consolidation.

January 2, 1895

Senator Lexow's bill introduced at Albany, providing for continuance of old commission and framing of charter by them, opposed by Mayor Schieren.

January 5, 1895

Mayors Schieren and Strong, after conference, agree that a consolidation bill should provide for a commission appointed by the Governor and the Mayors of the two cities, nine members, with the mayors members ex officio.

January 9, 1895

Senator Reynolds introduces a bill providing for a commission of nine, three to be appointed by the Governor and three by each of the Mayors of Brooklyn and new York, to prepare bills for consolidation.

January 27, 1895

Referendum amendment to the bill urged at Albany.

February 28, 1895

Final hearing before Senate cities committee on the consolidation bills.

March 17, 1895

Loyal league's circular to legislators against consolidation.

April 10, 1895

Lieutenant Governor Saxton offers to work for referendum amendment.

April 18, 1895

Senate cities committee reports a new bill providing for the appointment of a commission consisting of the mayors of New York, Brooklyn and Long island City, the president of the old commission, Andrew H. Green, the State Engineer, the Attorney General and nine other commissioners to be appointed by the Governor.

April 29, 1895

Alderman Cary presents a resolution committing the Common Council to opposition to consolidation.

May 7, 1895

Supervisors condemn consolidation.

May 14, 1895

Bill passed in Assembly without referendum clause.

May 16, 1895

Bill killed in the Senate.

May 16, 1895

Mayor Schieren telegraphed to Governor Morton that Brooklyn sentiment demanded a referendum.

May 24, 1895

Meeting of Greater New York commission. P resident Green declares the fight still on.

November 26, 1895

league of Loyal Citizens announces a determination to present a bill demanding resubmission to voters.


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Article Name: Chronological Order of Chief Events in the Consolidation Movement 1894-1895
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