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Scott Monje <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 May 2003 16:32:48 -0400
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Here is a question for enthusiasts of legal nuance. Can anyone help me find the state boundaries in Long Island Sound? I understand that the islands of the sound belong to New York (having been granted to the duke of York in 1664). Does that mean that the water and submerged land of the sound also belong to New York, or are there distinctions as there are in the New York-New Jersey boundaries in New York Bay? A 1985 Supreme Court decision that I came across declared the Long Island Sound "internal waters" and thus within the jurisdiction of the adjacent states, but it didn't go into any details regarding the New York-Connecticut boundary as it was concerned with establishing the U.S. boundary at the east end of the sound. It set the U.S. border from the North Fork of Long Island to Watch Hill Point, Rhode Island (or, more precisely, three miles seaward from that line). Can we assume that the New York-Rhode Island state boundary is at the midpoint of that line?

Many thanks for any guidance you can give,
Scott Monje