Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris
|Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris|
|Argued December 7, 1988|
Decided March 22, 1989
|Full case name||Board of Estimate of City of New York, et al. v. Morris, et al.|
|Citations||489 U.S. 688 (more)|
109 S. Ct. 1433; 103 L. Ed. 2d 717
|The Board of Estimate's structure is inconsistent with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because, although the boroughs have widely disparate populations, each has equal representation on the board.|
|Majority||White, joined by Rehnquist, Marshall, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy|
|Concurrence||Brennan, joined by Stevens|
|U.S. Const. amend XIV|
Under the charter of the City of Greater New York established in 1898, the Board of Estimate was responsible for budget and land-use decisions for the city. It was composed of eight ex officio members: the Mayor of New York City, the New York City Comptroller and the President of the New York City Council, each of whom was elected citywide and had two votes, and the five Borough presidents, each having one vote.
Opinion of the CourtEdit
The court unanimously declared the New York City Board of Estimate unconstitutional on the grounds that the city's most populous borough (Brooklyn) had no greater effective representation on the board than the city's least populous borough (Staten Island), in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause pursuant to the Court's 1964 "one man, one vote" decision (Reynolds v. Sims). The Board was disestablished.
The case was argued on December 7, 1988, and decided on March 22, 1989. Justice Byron White delivered the Court's opinion.
- Being Borough President Archived May 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Gotham Gazette, July 18, 2005
- Cornell Law School Supreme Court Collection: Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris, accessed June 12, 2006.