assembly Bill A7731

Signed By Governor
2017-2018 Legislative Session

Directs the office of general services to install and maintain a commemorative plaque in the Capitol honoring Samuel J. Abbott

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 25, 2017 signed chap.104
Jul 13, 2017 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2017 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.447
substituted for a7731
Jun 19, 2017 substituted by s5570
rules report cal.447
Jun 15, 2017 reported referred to rules
May 11, 2017 referred to governmental operations

A7731 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Law Section:
Public Buildings Law
Laws Affected:
Add §5-c, Pub Bldg L

A7731 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the office of general services to install and maintain a commemorative plaque in the capitol honoring Samuel J. Abbott.

A7731 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 11, 2017

Introduced  by  M. of A. FAHY -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Governmental Operations

AN ACT to amend the public buildings law, in relation to  directing  the
  office  of  general  services  to install and maintain a commemorative
  plaque in the Capitol honoring Samuel J. Abbott


  Section  1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that at
2:42 a.m., on March 29, 1911, Fire Box 324  was  pulled,  notifying  the
City  of Albany Fire Department of a fire at the State Capitol. Investi-
gators would later determine that the fire originated in the third-floor
Assembly Library, spreading  quickly  to  the  adjacent  State  Library,
before  engulfing  the  building's fourth and fifth floors. According to
reports, the building, known at the time as "one of the most costly  and
celebrated  buildings  constructed  in  19th-century  America", had been
burning without impediment for at least  thirty  minutes  prior  to  the
alarm.   Firefighters, operating with horse-drawn pumpers, found a roar-
ing inferno when they arrived on scene.
  The mammoth fire burned so forcefully that it twisted metal framing in
the iconic skylight above the Great Western Staircase, sending the glass
panels raining down on the stairs below; the stairway's carved sandstone
filigree melted, and at  the  top  of  the  "Million-Dollar  Staircase",
prized   archaeological  objects,  including  the  State's  world-famous
Iroquois collection, were consumed by  flames.  When  extinguished,  the
fire had decimated the entire collection of the State Library, with more
than 800,000 books and manuscripts being lost.
  According to the March 29, 1911 edition of the ALBANY EVENING JOURNAL,
at  approximately  3  a.m.,  shortly after the fire alarm sounded at the
Capitol, Mr. Samuel J. Abbott, a 78-year-old watchman in  the  building,
"was seen by an orderly opening some windows".

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.