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Walter Greenspan <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 8 Sep 2006 16:13:38 EDT
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To add to what David Roberts ([log in to unmask]) added to what I had posted:

On June 15, 1886, when, by Act of the New York State Legislature, the Lloyd's 
Neck peninsula is transferred from the Town of Oyster Bay, then in Queens 
County to the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County, the offshore riparian rights 
remained vested in the Town of Oyster Bay.  So, step off the land in the 
northern part of the capital-B shaped Village of Lloyd Neck and you are standing in 
the Town of Oyster Bay, now in Nassau County.

For some unexplained reason, the Town of Oyster Bay and the Town of 
Huntington, before the counties were created on November 1, 1683, were given the 
riparian rights surrounding their areas.  Normally, riparian rights remained with 
the sovereign (the English king) as was the case with all other settlements.  
Not so apparently in these two cases.

So, the Town of Oyster Bay and the City of Glen Cove (Glen Cove had been part 
of the Town of Oyster Bay and, when it seceded in 1918, it took its riparian 
rights with it) in Nassau County and the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County 
are the only municipalities that have riparian rights.  I've been told that 
this does not sit well with the Secretary of State of New York State, but 
there's nothing that can be done ...

I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.

L'Shannah Tovah* & Happy 5767,

Walter Greenspan
Great Falls, MT & Jericho, NY

* L'Shannah Tovah (li-SHAH-nuh TOH-vuh; li-shah-NAH toh-VAH)
Hebrew. Lit. for a good year. The common greeting during Rosh ha Shannah and 
the Days of Awe. This is a shortening of "L'Shannah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" 
(or, to women, "L'Shannah tovah tikatevi v'taihatemi"), which means, "May you 
be inscribed and sealed for a good year." This year, Rosh ha Shannah, because 
it will occur on Shabbat (Sabbath), begins 18 minutes before sunset on Friday, 
September 22 on the civil calendar.