TANT DATES PERTAINING TO THE NEW
YORK CITY LEGISLATURE
|1851 Board of Aldermen grants first trolley franchise. William M. Tweed elected to the Board.|
|1852 Board of Aldermen earns the name, "The Forty Thieves." Tweed a ringleader.|
|1871 Simon Sterne publishes On Representative Government and Personal Representation, first American treatise on proportional representation.|
|1872 State Commission drafts a charter with a plan of proportional
representation for the Board of Aldermen.|
Governor Hoffman vetoes it.
|1873 New city charter provides a crude system of proportional representation called "limited voting" for the Board of Aldermen.|
|1880 State Legislature enacts a new charter for the City of Brooklyn, to go into effect in 1882, centering the government in the hands of the Mayor.|
|1882 Limited voting for Board of Aldermen discarded in favor of single-member district system.|
|1884 The "Boodle Board": All but two aldermen involved in a franchise scandal.|
|1893 Founding of the Proportional Representation League.|
|1894 National Municipal League founded.|
|1896 State Legislature passes a law to consolidate Greater New York. Charter Commission appointed by the Governor.|
|1897 State Legislature ratifies report of Charter Commission for
Greater New York.
New charter creates a bicameral municipal legislature--a Board
of Aldermen (with two-year term) and a Council (elected for
First elections for the government of Greater New York.
|1898 Government of Greater New York goes into operation. First meetings of Municipal Assembly.|
|1899 Mazet Committee investigates corruption in the city. Its revelations help turn Tammany out in the 1901 elections.|
|1900 Governor Theodore Roosevelt appoints Charter Revision Commission to remedy defects of the original Greater New York Charter: a unicameral Board of Aldermen recommended.|