Hamptonites are still in shock at Southampton conceding defeat Aug. 25 after a five-year battle with the East End Eruv Assn. against erection of an eruv Jewish religious boundary. SH lost the “sign” issue but is now abandoning its argument that eruvim violate the rule against church/state entanglement.
Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and the four trustees have been asked why the town’s capitulation to the East End Eruv Assn. was not on the agenda for the Aug. 25 meeting. Citizens have lodged complaints with SH.
Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, announced in the last few seconds of the Aug. 25 town meeting, that SH would no longer fight an eruv in the town, saying a settlement absolved it of further legal costs and penalties.
The election of a union Aug. 21 at the “Westhampton Free Library” by a 31-3 margin has put a focus on the library which is a private, 501/c/3 corporation rather than a “public” library. It answers only to its own board.
Westhampton Library employees erupted with cheers and applause at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 as a tally of paper ballots showed they had voted to organize a union by a 31-3 margin. It’s part of a revolt against the tight-lipped regime of Mayor Maria Moore.
An angry Westhampton Library staff yesterday voted 31-3 to unionize. Employees are demanding “equal voice and due process” and a voice in library policy. Employee Sabina Trager claims she was unfairly fired June 23.
The June 30 ruling by Justice Joseph Farneti that proposed Jewish markers on utility poles in Southampton would be “invisible” has been called “outrageous” by Arnold Sheiffer, chairman, Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach.
The Suffolk County Court decision June 30 calling on Southampton to allow an eruv Jewish boundary hinges on the word, “display.” It fails to acknowledge that eruvim are widely displayed on Synagogue and Google websites.
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