New Jersey v. New York
|New Jersey v. New York|
|Argued January 12, 1998
Decided May 26, 1998
|Full case name||State of New Jersey v. State of New York|
|Citations||523 U.S. 767 (more)
118 S. Ct. 1726; 140 L. Ed. 2d 993; 1998 U.S. LEXIS 3405; 66 U.S.L.W. 4389; 98 Daily Journal DAR 5406; 1998 Colo. J. C.A.R. 2596; 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 563
|New Jersey has sovereign authority over the filled land added to the original Island. New Jersey's exception to that portion of the Special Master's report concerning the Court's authority to adjust the original boundary line between the two States is sustained. The other exceptions of New Jersey and New York are overruled.|
|Majority||Souter, joined by Rehnquist, O'Connor, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer|
|Concurrence||Breyer, joined by Ginsburg|
|Dissent||Scalia, joined by Thomas|
|1834 Compact between New York and New Jersey|
New Jersey v. New York, 523 U.S. 767 (1998), was a United States Supreme Court case where New Jersey won roughly 90% of Ellis Island from New York. A compact signed between New York and New Jersey prior to Ellis Island becoming a major immigration center was the basis of the ruling, though the dissent used historical reasons and "common-sense inference" as their basis. The land given to New York by the compact remains under the jurisdiction of New York, but any land reclaimed from the waters after that point is under the jurisdiction of New Jersey. The island covers a land area of 27.5 acres (11.1 ha). The 2.74-acre (1.11 ha) original island and other areas negotiated in post-trail settlement, totally 3.3 acres (1.3 ha), is part of New York that is a landlocked enclaved within New Jersey. The case is possibly the first to use GIS in determining a Supreme Court decision. Since the title of Ellis Island is currently held by the federal government, tourists will notice few changes, but the decision will affect some instances of sales taxes, along with the rights to future developments and maintenance.
- "THE ELLIS ISLAND VERDICT: THE RULING; High Court Gives New Jersey Most of Ellis Island". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "New Jersey v. New York - 523 U.S. 767 (1998)". Justia. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- Richard G. Castagna; Lawrence L. Thornton, John M. Tyrawski. GIS and Coastal Boundary Disputes: Where is Ellis Island?. ESRI. Retrieved 2013-11-17. "The New York portion of Ellis Island is landlocked, enclaved within New Jersey's territory."
- Cho, George (2005), Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues, Wiley and Sons
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