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Sections of the Constitution of the State of New
York Relating to Railroads.
(See town bonding acts, post.)
ARTICLE 1.-SECTION 18. The right of action now existing to recover damages for injuries resulting in death, shall never be abrogated; and the amount recoverable shall not be subject to any statutory limitation.
ARTICLE III.-SECTION 18. The legislature shall not pass a private or local bill in any of the following cases:
Granting to any corporation, association or individual the right to lay down railroad tracks.
Granting to any private corporation, association or individual any exclusive privilege, immunity or franchise whatever.
The legislature shall pass general laws providing for the cases enumerated in this section, and for all other cases which in its judgment, may be provided for by general laws. But no law shall authorize the construction or operation of a street railroad except upon the condition that the consent of the owners of onehalf in value of the property bounded on, and the consent also of the local authorities having the control of, that portion of a street or highway upon which it is proposed to constructor operate such railroad be first obtained, or in case the consent of such property owners cannot be obtained, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in the department in which it is proposed to be constructed, may, upon application, appoint three commissioners who shall determine, after a hearing of all parties interested, whether such railroad ought to be constructed or operated, and their determination, confirmed by the court, may be taken in lieu of the consent of the property owners.
ARTICLE VII.-SECTION 7. The lands of the State, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed.
ARTICLE VIII.-SECTION 1. Corporations may be formed under general laws; but shall not be created by special act, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where, in the judgment of the legislature, the objects of the corporation cannot be attained under general laws. All general laws and special acts passed pursuant to this section may be altered from time to time or repealed.
§ 2. Dues from corporations shall be secured by such individual liability of the corporators and other means as may be prescribed by law.
§ 3. The term corporations as used in this article shall be construed to include all associations and joint-stock companies having any of the powers or privileges of corporations not possessed by individuals or partnerships. And all corporations shall have the right to sue and shall be subject to be sued in all courts in like cases as natural persons.
ARTICLE XIII.-SECTION 5. No public officer, or person elected or appointed to a public office, under the laws of this State, shall directly or indirectly ask, demand, accept, receive or consent to receive for his own use or benefit, or for the use or benefit of another, any free pass, free transportation, franking privilege or discrimination in passenger, telegraph or telephone rates, from any person or corporation, or make use of the same himself or in conjunction with another. A person who violates any provision of this section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall forfeit his oflice at the suit of the Attorney-General. Any corpora. tion, or officer or agent thereof, who shall offer or promise to a public officer, or person elected or appointed to a public office, :iny such free pass, free transportation, franking privilege or discrimination shall also be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and liable to punishment except as herein provided. No person, or officer or agent of a corporation, giving any such free pass, free transportation, franking privilege or discrimination hereby prohibited, shall be privileged from testifying in relation thereto, and he shall not be liable to civil or criminal prosecution therefor if he shall testify to the giving of the same.
Other General Acts Relating to Railroads.
CHAP. 133, LAWS OF 1847.
AN ACT authorizing the incorporation of rural cemetery asso
The cemetery lands and property of any association formed pursuant to this act, and any property held in trust by it for any of the purposes mentioned in section nine of this act, shall be exempt from all public taxes, rates and assessments, and shall not be liable to be sold on execution, or be applied in payment of debts due from any individual proprietor. But the proprietors of lots or plots in such cemeteries, their heirs or devisees, may hold the same exempt therefrom, so long as the same shall remain dedicated to the purposes of a cemetery, and during that time no street, road, avenue or public thoroughfare shall be laid out through such cemetery, or any part of the lands beld by such association for the purposes aforesaid, without the consent of the trustees of such association, and of two-thirds of the lot owners thereof and then only by special permission of the legislature of the state.
Thus amended by chap. 237, Laws of 1904.
CHAP. 62, LAWS OF 1853.
AN ACT to regulate the construction of roads and streets across
Laying out streets or highways across railroad tracks.
SECTION 1. It shall be lawful for the authorities of any city, village or town in this state, who are by law empowered to lay ont streets and highways, to lay out any street or highway across the track of any railroad now laid or which may hereafter be laid, without compensation to the corporation owning such railroad; but no such street or highway shall be actually opened for use until thirty days after notice of such laying out has been served personally upon the president, vice-president, treasurer or a director of such corporation.
Railroad corporations to cause street laid out across their track
to be taken across at most convenient place for public travel. § 2. It shall be the duty of any railroad corporation, across whose track a street or highway shall be laid out as aforesaid, immediately after the service of said notice, to cause the said street or highway to be taken across their track, as shall be most convenient and useful for public travel, and to cause all necessary embankments, excavation and other work to be done on their road for that purpose; and all the provisions of the act, passed April second, eighteen hundred and fifty, in relation to crossing streets and highways, already laid out, by railroads, and in relation to cattle, guards and other securities and facilities for crossing such roads, shall apply to streets and highways hereafter laid out.
Penalty for neglect of refusal.
$ 3. If any railroad corporation shall neglect or refuse, for thirty days after the service of the notice aforesaid, to cause the necessary work to be done and completed, and improvements made on such streets or highways across their road, they shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars for every subsequent day's neglect or refusal, to be recovered by the officers laying out such street or highway, to be expended on the same; but the time for doing said work may be extended, not to exceed thirty days, by the county judge of the county in which such street or high way, or any part thereof, may be situated, if, in his opinion the said work cannot be performed within the time limited by this act.
This act has been repealed by the provisions of the grade crossing law, sections 60-69 of the Railroad Law. ( 158 N. Y., 410.)
CHAP. 474, LAWS OF 1855. AN ACT for the protection of immigrants, second class, steerage
and deck passengers. SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of all companies, associations, and persons, hereafter undertaking to transport or convey, or engaged in transporting or conveying, by railroad, steamboat, canal-boat or propeller, any immigrant, second class, steerage, or deck passenger, from the city, bay, or harbor of New York, to any point or place, distant more than ten miles therefrom, or from the cities of Albany, Troy and Buffalo, the town or harbor of Dunkirk, or the Suspension Bridge, to any other place or places, to deliver to the mayors of the city of New York, Albany, Troy, and Buffalo, on or before the first day of April in each and every year, a written or printed statement of the price, or rates of fare, to be charged by such company, association or person, for the conveyance of such immigrant, second class, steerage and deck passengers respectively, and the price per hundred pounds for the carriage of the luggage, and the weight of luggage to be carried free of such passengers from and to each and every place, from and to which any such company, association, or person, shall undertake to transport and convey such passengers; and such prices or rates shall not exceed the prices and rates charged by the company, association or person, after the time of delivering such statement to the said mayors; and such statement shall also contain a particular description of the mode and route by which such passengers are to be transported and convered, specifying whether it is to be by railroad, steamboat, canal-boat or propeller, and what part of the route is by each, and also the class of passage, whether by immigrant trains, second class, steerage or deck passage. In case such companies, association, or person, shall desire thereafter to make any change or alteration in the rates or prices of such transportation and conveyance, they shall deliver to the said mayors respectively a similar statement of the prices and rates as altered and changed by them; but the rates and prices so changed and altered, shall