<i>Eruv</i> case clarifies for Village...

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Eruv case clarifies for Village...

...but was thrust into the lap of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday evening as the E³A's application was formally presented to that quasi-judicial body.

Group Seeks Southampton Town Zoning Board Approval For Religious Boundary In Westhampton Beach

Unfortunately, the headline is inaccurate, and should read "Group Seeks Southampton Town Zoning Board Approval for Religious Boundary Around Westhampton Beach," since:

  1. If it was "in Westhampton Beach," then the Vil­lage ZBA would be hearing the application, not that of the Town;
  2. E³A, and its predecessor applicant, Hampton Synagogue, haven't fared so well in the Village, which is why the current group has (several times) redrawn the mapped area of the proposed eruv chatzerot, so as to avoid Westhampton Beach entirely.

How well E³A will fare at the Town level is unknown, but other developments have set up a key confrontation between involved parties at the State level just nine days from now in Central Islip.

To that end, the Villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, the Town of Southampton, E³A, Verizon and Long Island Power Authority recently had its path through the preliminary Courts system cleared somewhat by a Joint Stipulation of Uncontested Facts Regarding Verizon's and LIPA's Authority to License Attachments to their Utility Poles.

There's much new material in respect to eruv litigation on the Westhampton Beach Website, but OtBB will get back to that critical stipulation shortly.

Continued on Monday....

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