History of the Eruv Proposal for Westhampton Beach and its Environs
Eruv goes up in the Village of Westhampton Beach. It does not go up in previously applied for areas in the Town of Southampton (Westhampton, Quiogue) or the Village of Quogue.
Magistrate Judge Tomlinson ruled against the Village of Westhampton Beach stating that the Village had no sign ordinances prohibiting eruv lechis. The Village of Quogue and the Town of Southampton does have sign laws as the Judge mentioned in her ruling. Their case had no rulings.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued Summary order denying JPOE’s appeal from Judge Wexler’s denial of our motions to intervene in the pending actions by EEEA and LIPA/Verizon against the Villages and the Town of Southampton for the right to erect an eruv.
Oral arguments of the two appeals of JPOE before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit …
Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance that would have permitted the establishment of an eruv in Westhampton.
Summary of Status of EEEA Application
At the Southampton Town Zoning Board Meeting, Jonathan Sinnreich, attorney for JPOE, presented the argument against the eruv as held by JPOE and its members. PDF attached.
At the Southampton Town Zoning Board Meeting, the East End Eruv Association appealed an earlier decision to deny the installation of lechis for the purpose of forming a boundary for an eruv.
These actions reassigned to Magistrate Judge Tomlinson from Judge Wexler.
Federal Court dismissed the case of JPOE against the East End Eruv Association, Verizon, LIPA, et.al. This decision will be appealed.
JPOE files Memorandum of Law in Opposition of Motions to Dismiss of the East End Eruv Association, Inc. and Verizon New York Inc.
The East End Eruv Association filed a federal action against the Village of Quogue seeking injunctive relief.
JPOE Files suit in US District Court against the Village of Westhampton Beach, East End Eruv Association, Verizon New York Inc., Long Island Lighting Company d/b/a LIPA.
The Village of Quogue, in a 5-0 vote, accepts the written decision that denies the application by the East End Eruv Association. The decision is available on the Village’s website.
The Village of Quogue Board meeting hears presentations regarding the application by the East End Eruv Association to install lechis on 48 (31 owned by LIPA and 17 owned by Verizon) utility poles forming an eruv in part of the village. Arnold Sheiffer spoke representing JPOE’s opposition to the eruv. Robert Sugarman of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, represented the East End Eruv Association also presented remarks.
Arnold Sheiffer, representing JPOE, made a presentation to LIPA requesting that LIPA immediately terminate and withdraw from its separate action in support of the erection of the eruv proposed by EEEA, as well as suspending any further active support of this EEEA, law suit or any pending or future applications before any municipal body.
Letter submitted to the Village of Quogue by Robert Sugerman of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, counsel to the East End Eruv Association, amending the application of January 16, 2012.
East End Eruv Association amends complaint against the Village of Westhampton Beach, the Village of Quogue and the Town of Southampton. Individual town and village officials no longer named as defendants.
East End Eruv Association filed an application with the Village of Quogue, Village of Westhampton Beach and the Town of Southampton to place lechis on specified utility poles for the purpose of establishing an eruv.
Motion is denied to erect a temporary eruv in Westhampton Beach and its environs by the Unites States District Court, Eastern District of New York. Judge Leonard Wexler said in part that the East End Eruv Association had not yet filed the proper paperwork with the Town of Southampton and the villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue.
JPOE hosts an open community meeting at Starr Boggs. JPOE discusses the legal action required to establish the ability to testify in the lawsuits filed by the East End Eruv Association.
JPOE decides to seek legal representation in order to ask the court for intervention in the injunction case requesting a temporary eruv. The Judge did not grant JPOE intervention, but invited the JPOE attorneys to all conferences and made them party to all information and filings. In reading our request, the Judge heard for the first time that there was community opposition to the erection of this eruv. To this point there had been no mention of this in the courtroom by the municipal attorneys.
Motion submitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, by Weil Gotshal & Manges on behalf of the East End Eruv Association. Motion requests permission to erect a temporary eruv in Westhampton Beach and its environs.
Southampton Town Board holds special meeting to hire special counsel, Jaspan, Schlesinger, LLP for the purpose of handling the suit filed against the town by the East End Eruv Association.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Westhampton Beach votes unanimously to hire Anthony B. Tohill, Esq. for the purpose of handling the eruv related suits against the village.
Verizon New York Inc. and Long Island Power Authority files lawsuit the Village of Westhampton Beach, the Village of Quogue and the Town of Southampton seeking an affirmative declaration of their right to permit the EEEA to install lechis on Verizon and LIPA poles located within these municipalities, The suit is asking the Court to enjoin the municipalities from interfering with the establishment of the eruv.
East End Eruv Association (EEEA) files lawsuit in Federal Court against the Village of Quogue, the Village of Westhampton Beach and the Town of Southampton suggesting that the defendants have unlawfully prevented EEEA from establishing an eruv.
The Village of Quogue hires Marci Hamilton to respond to Verizon’s agreement with the EEEA. Ms. Hamilton, who is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, was selected by the board to respond because of her familiarity with religious issues.
JPOE hosts open community meeting for JPOE members and friends at Starr Boggs.
The Board of Trustees of Westhampton Beach has determined that the East End Eruv Association has filed an application for an eruv with Verizon and LIPA. This proposed eruv is substantially larger (11.8 Square miles) than the one that was proposed by the Hampton Synagogue in March 2008. The new proposed eruv includes the entire hamlet of Quiogue and parts of the Village of Westhampton Beach, the Village of Quogue and unincorporated Westhampton. The Village of Westhampton Beach decided to hire an attorney for the specific purpose of handling eruv issues.
LIPA entered into an agreement with the East End Eruv Association (EEEA) that they would permit the EEEA to place and maintain pole attachments in the LIPA service area in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. LIPA has not yet complied with this eruv agreement.
Verizon entered into an agreement with the East End Eruv Association that they would place lechis on its poles in the Village of Quogue, Village of Westhampton Beach and the Town of Southampton only “to the extent that it is lawful to do so.” Verizon has not complied with this eruv agreement.
The East End Eruv Association was formed by Marvin Tenzer, an attorney and reported founder of the Hampton Synagogue.
JPOE hosts an open community meeting at Starr Boggs.
JPOE hosts its inaugural meeting.
JPOE is formed to oppose the erection of an Eruv in Westhampton Beach.
The Hampton Synagogue hosts an eruv informational community meeting at the Synagogue in Westhampton Beach.
The Hampton Synagogue’s submits a request to the Village of Westhampton Beach to suspend its application for the erection of an eruv in the Village.
Mayor Teller unable to gain support for religious boundary at Westhampton Beach Trustee meeting. The proposal was rejected by Trustees Hank Tucker, Joan Levan and Toni-Jo Birk. Deputy Mayor Jim Kametler voted in favor of the proposal with the mayor. The motion failed, 3-2.”
License Agreement between Long Island Power Authority D/B/A LIPA through its agent Keyspan Electric Services LLC and The Hampton Synagogue executed by John Bruckner, SVP of LIPA and Sam Nussbaum, Executive Director of The Hampton Synagogue.
The Hampton Synagogue files a petition with the Village of Westhampton Beach to erect an eruv incorporating approximately 1square mile of the approximately 3 square miles of the Village of Westhampton Beach.