N.Y. Public Lands Law Section 4
Vesting of crown lands in the people of the state


The absolute property of all messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments, and of all rents, royalties, franchises, prerogatives, privileges, escheats, forfeitures, debts, dues, duties and services by whatsoever names respectively the same are called and known in the law, and all right and title to the same, which next and immediately before the ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, did vest in, or belong, or was, or were due to the crown of Great Britain be, and the same and each and every of them hereby are declared to be, and ever since the said ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, to have been, and forever after shall be vested in the people of this state, in whom the sovereignty and seigniory thereof, are and were united and vested, on and from the said ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six.

Source: Section 4 — Vesting of crown lands in the people of the state, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBL/4 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

2
State-owned real property inventory and management program
2‑A
Certain transfers of jurisdiction over state-owned lands and declarations of abandonment by the commissioner of general services
2‑B
Transfers of certain funds
3
Powers and duties
4
Vesting of crown lands in the people of the state
5
Letters patent, form and contents
6
Determination of claims based on alleged failure of title
7
Partition of lands held by the state in joint tenancy or tenancy in common
8
Trespasses upon state lands
9
Penalty for trespasses
10
Power to investigate before grant
11
Power to confirm defective grant
12
Certain patents and grants ratified
12‑A
Certain patents ratified and confirmed
13
Grants to heirs, devisees or successors in interest
14
Time of performing conditions of grant
15
Prohibitions as to grants in Lake George
15‑A
Filling in the state owned bed of Lake George prohibited
16
Reservation of Esopus island
17
Payment of incumbrances on public lands
17‑A
Abandonment of claims under defective tax sales
18
Expenses chargeable to special funds
19
Taxes and assessments for local improvements on state lands
19‑A
State aid
19‑B
State aid
20
Grants of lands in Onondaga salt springs reservation designated on certain map
21
Conveyance of strips of abandoned canal lands and Onondaga salt springs reservation land
22
Management of sand and gravel resources
23
Disposition of moneys received from sale of certain state lands and sand and gravel thereon
24
Sale or exchange of certain detached parcels of forest preserve lands
25
Sale or exchange of real property owned by the state and devoted to the use of the organized militia
26
Refunds when sales cannot be completed
27
Acquisition of real property by purchase or appropriation
28
Transfer of state lands or watershed conservation easements to the city of New York for water supply protection purposes
29
Watershed conservation easements and watershed agricultural easements

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 4’s source at nysenate​.gov

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