Legal Update

April 4, 2013 – East End Eruv Association appeals decision of the Town of Southampton Zoning Board
  • The East End Eruv Association appealed an earlier decision of the Town of Southampton Zoning Board to deny the installation of lechis for the purpose of forming a boundary for an eruv.
July 30, 2012, JPOE Files a Complaint in US District Court against the Village of WHB, East End Eruv Association, LIPA, Verizon (Dismissed Feb. 4, 2013. Will be appealed.)
  • The governmental entities, including LIPA and Verizon, are endorsing and giving preferential treatment to the afront of other varying religious beliefs within Judaism and other religious practices.
  • The ERUV is a religious symbol conveying a specific message and it serves no secular purpose. Rather, it is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the
    • First Amendment because: It is a governmental endorsement of one particular form of religious practice;
    • It reflects governmental discrimination between religions;
    • It reflects governmental preference for a particular form of religion or practice;
    • It is coercive in nature to those who do not share the views of the endorsed religious practice; and
    • It is an excessive entanglement between governmental entities and religion.
On January 13, 2011 – East End Eruv Association et, al versus the Village of WHB, Quogue, Town and all their Trustees (amended Feb. 3, 2012)
  • EEEA filed this suit against the Town of Southampton, WHB and Quogue to permit the erection of lechis on Verizon and Long Island Power Authority utility poles residing within their jurisdictions for the purpose of erecting an eruv.
On January 18, 2011 – Verizon and LIPA against the Villages of WHB, Quogue and Town of Southampton
  • Verizon and LIPA sued the municipalities asking the court to tell the Municipalities that they cannot obstruct their agreements with the EEEA.
March 15, 2011 – The East End Eruv Association filed a Preliminary Injunction asking for the immediate erection of the eruv while the case filed on January 13, 2011 was being adjudicated.
  • June 2011 – Hearings were held regarding this Injunction.
  • November 2011 – The request for a preliminary injunction was denied by Judge Wexler. This ruling does not affect the main case and by no means is this over.
January 16, 2012 – The East End Eruv Association filed an application with the village of Quogue to allow for the placement of lechis on certain utility poles located in public rights of way for the purpose of erecting an eruv.
  • March 19, 2012 – Village of Quogue hosts hearings.
  • May 18, 2012 – Village of Quogue announces unanimous decision by the Board of Trustees that they find the application is not mandated by law and they deny the application.