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.
The Suffolk League of Women Voters, which champions “due diligence, open inspection and public comment” on key issues, should call for these principles to be followed by public officials in Southampton and Westhampton Beach.
Abuses of the U.S. legal system, including its ability to drown itself and the public in billions of words, frustrating normal communications, were on display last night at the Westhampton Beach trustees’ meeting.
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.
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