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The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gil­bert

Mon­day, Sept. 17, 1917

“Bet­ter and broader mar­ket­ing con­di­tions for the city will be de­vel­op­ments of next year,” prom­ises Mayor Cor­nelius F. Burns, but lo­cal whole­salers worry that they’ll be shut out of Troy’s public mar­ket. he public mar­ket is cur­rently leased to the Mar­ket Gar­den­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, a whole­salers’ group. “At the present time it is pos­si­ble for only mem­bers of that as­so­ci­a­tion to do busi­ness at the mar­ket,” The Record re­ports, “They have been in com­plete power, hav­ing each year leased the space from the city. In view of this fact it has been im­pos­si­ble for the pro­ducer to come in con­ve­nient con­tact with the re­tailer.” The Mar­ket Gar­den­ers’ cur­rent lease ex­pires next spring. A new state law that took ef­fect af­ter the lease was last re­newed en­ables city gov­ern­ments to ap­point com­mis­sions to ad­min­is­ter public mar­kets. Fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions in a re­port com­mis­sioned from James Sheeran, Mayor Burns will put a com­mis­sion in charge of the Troy mar­ket in place of the as­so­ci­a­tion. “The so- called stalls, at present vir­tu­ally con­trolled by whole­sale deal­ers, will be let to re­tail­ers as well,” our re­porter ex­plains, “and laws gov­ern­ing trans­ac­tions tak­ing place there will be for­mu­lated by a com­mis­sion to be ap­pointed. The con­trol of the mar­ket by the Mar­ket Gar­den­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the mayor, will be a thing of the past.”

An anony­mous whole­saler protests that “the changes will be li­able to even­tu­ally force the whole­sale mar­ket­men from the busi­ness, be­cause the re­tail men will be able to pay more to the farm­ers.”

City Hall sources tell our writer that “the plan of the city, how­ever, is to give both the re­tailer and the whole­saler an even chance, and pro­vi­sion so both can do busi­ness will be made.”

Plans for the mar­ket may change de­pend­ing on the out­come of Novem­ber’s may­oral elec­tion. Burns, a Demo­crat is fa­vored to win a fourth twoyear term over his Repub­li­can chal­lenger, Fourth Ward al­der­man Ge­orge T. Mor­ris.

DRAFT NOTES

To­day’s Record pub­lishes the names of Troy sol­diers sched­uled to leave for Ayer MA on Satur­day in the sec­ond call- up of men se­lected in the July 20 draft lot­tery. The 55 men­make up 40% of the draftees who’ve been med­i­cally cleared for ser­vice so far.

Five­men from each of the city’s three draft dis­tricts have been des­ig­nated as al­ter­nates should any­one on to­day’s list be side­lined by an emer­gency.

Mean­while, in a case that may set a prece­dent, John A. Mitchell is ap­peal­ing his lo­cal draft board’s de­nial of his ex­emp­tion claim. Mitchell claimed his aunt as a de­pen­dent, but the board deemed her too dis­tant a rel­a­tive to qual­ify.

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