Bryan Whitman, a career Pentagon public affairs official, has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft in an odd confrontation the Washington Post dubbed "the latest example of the District's perpetual parking wars."
Westhampton Beach, N.Y., trustees hope to pull a “fast one” on the village Thursday—slipping a sealed eruv package under the door that would give permanent control of 46 utility poles to the East End Eruv Assn. for its religious symbols.
New York courts that find that an eruv Jewish boundary is not unconstitutional ignore the Supreme Court decision in 2005 that “permanent” religious symbols on public property are barred. Seasonal displays are mostly allowed.
Westhampton Beach’s proposed acceptance of a deal with the East End Eruv Assn. to allow an eruv Jewish religious boundary is probably similar to a deal signed by Southampton last year. WHB is withholding terms of the contract from the public and press.
Dirty political tricks, including refusal to hold a town hall on the proposed eruv Jewish boundary in Westhampton Beach and hiding aims of the Maria Moore administration until just before the June 2 trustee meeting and June 17 election, mar the proposed settlement.
The battle over the proposed eruv Jewish boundary in Westhampton is a national issue since rejection would undercut eruvim nationwide. Officials and media have short-changed residents on information on this issue. (1 reader comment)
Westhampton Beach board wants to approve an eruv deal with East End Eruv Assn. but a vote is needed at its meeting June 2. Could be a battle since an estimated 95% of residents oppose an eruv. New York Times has assigned a reporter to the story.
The Westhampton Beach board, hoping to take the same deal as Southampton and Quogue, says it will allow an eruv Jewish boundary to avoid possible millions in fees. But a vote by Trustees June 2 is needed.