New York State Department of Public Works

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The office of Superintendent of Public Works was created by an 1876 amendment to the New York State Constitution. It abolished the canal commissioners and established that the Department of Public Works execute all laws relating to canal maintenance and navigation except for those functions performed by the New York State Engineer and Surveyor who continued to prepare maps, plans and estimates for canal construction and improvement. The Canal Board (now consisting of the Superintendent of Public Works, the State Engineer and Surveyor, and the Commissioners of the Canal Fund) continued to handle hiring of employees and other personnel matters. The Barge Canal Law of 1903 (Chapter 147) directed the Canal Board to oversee the enlargement of and improvements to the Erie Canal, the Champlain Canal and the Oswego Canal.[1] In 1967, the Department of Public Works was merged with other departments into the new New York State Department of Transportation.

List of Superintendents of Public Works[edit]


  1. ^ [1] History of the office, at NY State Archives
  2. ^ [2] McClellan nominated
  3. ^ [3] Fairchild nominated
  4. ^ [4] Fairchild rejected
  5. ^ [5] Magone nominated
  6. ^ [6] Magone rejected and Clark nominated
  7. ^ [7] Clark appointed
  8. ^ [8] Dutcher appointed
  9. ^ [9] Obit
  10. ^ [10] Obit in NYT on March 27, 1939
  11. ^ [11] Obit in NYT on June 12, 1943 (subscription required)
  12. ^ [12] Appointed and confirmed, NYT on March 31, 1939 (subscription required)
  13. ^ [13] Obit in NYT on January 27, 1978 (subscription required)
  14. ^ [14] Appointed, in NYT on May 21, 1943 (subscription required)
  15. ^ [15] resigantion announced, in NYT on September 3, 1948 (subscription required)
  16. ^ Alfonso A. Narvaez (September 19, 1989). "Bertram D. Tallamy, 87, Official For U.S. and New York Highways". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-14. Bertram Dalley Tallamy, an engineer who supervised billions of dollars in highway construction for the Federal Government and for New York State, died of kidney failure Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. He was 87 years old and lived in Washington. ...
  17. ^ [16] Nominated, in NYT on September 4, 1948 (subscription required)
  18. ^ Lee A. Daniels (reporter) (October 9, 1991). "J. Burch McMorran Is Dead at 92. Built Many Public Works Projects". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-14. J. Burch McMorran, a career civil servant who helped design and build some of the most important public works projects in New York State, died on Sunday at Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy, N.Y. He was 92 years old and lived in Troy. ...
Preceded by
Erie Canal Commission
New York State Department of Public Works
Succeeded by
New York State Department of Transportation