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When the Passionists bought the property in Riverdale, New York in 1924 they acquired riparian rights on the Hudson River which consisted of 623 linear feet. A 1926 letter defined these rights quite clearly. “The grant was of the character known as a ‘beneficial enjoyment’ grant, i.e., it was given not for purposes of commerce only but as well for the private beneficial enjoyment of the upland owner.”

In 1927 the Passionists successfully, in the court case of The State of New York vs. Cox et al. (The Passionists were part of seventeen other Hudson River property owners in the Cox group), defended an attempt by New York State to repossess the Hudson River water grants.

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