The battle of Westhampton Beach citizens vs. village and library officials is a case study in whether legal/stonewalling tactics can defeat aroused citizens who use modern communications tools. A showdown is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Doug Frantz, a former journalist who led public affairs for the State Dept. for the past two years, is moving to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development as deputy secretary-general for the economic development and trade group based in Paris.
John Murray, an advisor to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who ran his own communications shop, has signed on as senior advisor to Burson-Marsteller and its Direct Impact grassroots operation.
Dan’s Papers, whose 32,940 circulation makes it the most widely read weekly in the Hamptons, said today that an eruv Jewish boundary in Westhampton Beach would have a very negative effect on the town and is urging Pope Francis to intervene.
Michael Lennon, Westhampton Library president from 2004-2011, told the board Sept. 16 that he was “embarrassed" by what is taking place, meaning policies that have resulted in most of the 35 people in the room demanding the board resign.
Citizens who want the appointed board of the Westhampton Library replaced with an elected board are handing out flyers that urge citizens attend the board meeting tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and push that cause.
Southampton, escaping possible millions in legal fees and penalties, signed a deal on Sept. 8 with the East End Eruv Assn., Verizon and Long Island Lighting allowing Jewish religious markers on utility poles. Citizens claimed “sell-out.”
Westhampton Beach faces $1 million+ in legal fees if it loses the eruv battle, residents were told at a board meeting Sept. 3. Even more charges could come from winning law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
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