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Group opposed to eruv urges petitions

Hopefully Mr. Kringstein's comments will be renounced by the Mayor and the trustees of Westhampton Beach. Unlike the "Alliance for the Separation of Church and State in the Greater Westhampton Area," it seems that the mission of the "Jews against the Eruv" as represented by Mr. Kringstein himself, is not to stop the Eruv ("The Eruv is not the issue"), but rather
as stated and/or implied by Mr. Kringstein (in the New York Post article, during the two JPOE meetings, and in a number of witnessed public statements) is to prevent Orthodox Jews from moving to Westhampton Beach.

By raising money to willfully exclude a particular group from living in a particular place because of their religous beliefs, Mr. Kringstein, Mr. Schieffer and the active members of JPOE may have violated New York State and Federal law.

I don't always agree with Mr. Greenbaum, but in this case I think he has "gotten it together." He is not claiming that people who don't want the Eruv are anti-semetic, rather that it seems to be the intention of JPOE and Mr. Kringstein in particular to keep a particular group of people from moving to Westhampton Beach.

Mr. Greenbaum is, in effect, standing up for all minorities and we should thank him. Hopefully Mr. Greenbaum and other community leaders will refer this matter to the appropriate state and federal authorities.

" Oct 17, 08 3:06 PM

Hampton Synagogue files legal brief on proposed religious boundary

I agree with Bob Sugarman. The Eruv is a civil right. If we're going to permit Christmas decorations and the painting of Main St. on St. Patrick's Day, we have to permit the Eruv. It's up to the courts, not a vociferous, angry mob, to decide the Eruv.

Under United States law, no one is allowed to impede on the civil rights of another individual or group, regardless of their race, religion, or beliefs. Unfortunately litigating this is going to be very expensive for the WHB taxpayer.

The synagogue is lucky to have Bob Sugarman representing them
pro bono and to also have the support of the governor and I'd imagine the N.Y. State Attorney General.

As wisely stated in the Southampton Press editorial this week, JPOE and a few local lunatics have dragged our wonderful town into the mud.
" Oct 23, 08 10:59 PM

Sally Pope introduces her first resolution

"Councilman" is a sexist term (if it refers to a position that can be held by women) and it should be changed. Councilwoman Pope did the right thing by raising this issue. Asking for this change will not take up a lot of her time, and it's a correction that needs to be made. I applaud her stand and am certain Supervisor Kabot and the other council people will support her.

Language often reflects the mentality of a people and needs to adjust accordingly.
" Jan 8, 09 8:49 AM

Fred Thiele backs gay marriage bill

Congratulations on your thoughtful and brave position. I'm sure it's difficult dealing with the homophobic, immoral right wing of your party, but you did the right thing.

You'll always have my vote.
" May 9, 09 5:38 PM

Westhampton Beach Village Board votes behind closed doors

Ray is a great guy and the Deans have done a lot for this community; they are good people.

It's too bad that those, of low character, who are in a position of semi-power, have the ability to waste town money on frivilous and vindictive actions.

Stand tall Ray - " Jun 2, 09 10:26 PM

Police: Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Joan Levan trespassed on former candidate's property

Trespass to land is a common law tort that is committed when an individual or the object of an individual intentionally enters the land of another without a lawful excuse. Trespass to land is actionable per se. Thus, the party whose land is entered upon may sue even if no actual harm is done. In some jurisdictions, this rule may also apply to entry upon public land having restricted access. A court may order payment of damages or an injunction to remedy the tort.
" Jun 21, 10 4:44 PM

Two men rushed to hospital after lightning strike in Westhampton

The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance does a terrific job. We're very lucky to have them serving our town." Jul 19, 10 7:44 PM

Westhampton Beach superintendent will retire at end of school year

Lynn's work ethic, numerous accomplishments, and moral fortitude will be very difficult to replace. The School Board has a great challenge ahead of them. They should start now and take their time." Oct 7, 10 10:37 AM

Altschuler balks; debate with Bishop canceled

I'm not surprised that Randy chickened out. Every time the tea party is asked to discuss a real issue, they run for the hills. They love to toss inflammatory rhetoric in a frivolous and transparent attempt to distract the public.

Tim has been a good friend to this community and a terrific congressman. Paladino, O'Donnell, and Atlschuler are wrong for America." Oct 10, 10 6:54 PM

Clashing ideas about jobs dominate congressional race

Right wing Randy's ideas on jobs are simple: ship them overseas. His vast connections in India and China make him extremely suspect.

America finally realizes that The Tea Party is controlled by international oil companies and foreign banks.

Like Randy's close friend, the wicked witch from Delaware, who couldn't name a recent Supreme Court case during Wednesday night's debate, job shipping Randy (refusing to debate) cannot name one job he brought to America.

Job shipping, debate chicken Randy; the wicked witch Christine; and homophobic Carl (Paladino) are the wrong team for America.
" Oct 15, 10 6:43 AM

Great video from job shipping right wing Randy's good friend crazy Carl Paladino - two peas in a pod:


The fearful threesome, Randy, Carl, Christine (O'Donnell) share the same platform and they are all behind.. Even though Tim is well over the 50% mark, make sure you vote.

" Oct 16, 10 12:49 PM

This Year, An Election Year Battle For Bishop

You know right wing, job shipping Randy is desperate when he has a recorded voice of George Pataki - is anyone duller? - call your house and say that Randy brought 700 jobs to America.

Figure Wall Street Oil Spill, tea party puppet Randy shipped 4,000 jobs to India and we'll give him credit (although it's probably an exaggeration) for the 700 George says he brought to someplace in America - not Suffolk county), he's still down about 3,300. That probably represents the amount of votes he the job shipper will lose by.

Randy Paladino is wrong for New York and wrong for America.

" Oct 23, 10 4:26 AM

Former President Bill Clinton Will Stump For Congressman Bishop On Wednesday

He was certainly the greatest president in my life time.
I'm glad he is coming, but Bishop is way ahead and job shipping
Randy is quite transparent and finished." Oct 27, 10 12:08 PM

Bishop Appears To Win In Photo Finish; LaValle, Thiele Cruise To Victories

Job shipping Randy is going to have to ship his own job back to India.
" Nov 3, 10 3:54 AM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

It looks like job shipping Randy, the Republican carpetbagger, puppet is going to have to return to India and find himself a job. " Nov 20, 10 6:29 AM

Tax Cuts Pass Both Houses Of Congress

I agree also. He has to move away from Pelosi and Reed and find himself in the job. They used him for their own agenda pretending to be heroic for supporting the first African American president. On a certain level, I find them far more racist than the Republicans they condemn.

I hope Tim Bishop can separate himself from Pelosi. He's a good local man and she's a total loser who thinks she knows what's good for everyone." Dec 18, 10 7:55 PM

Group Pushing For Religious Boundary Files Suit Against Southampton Town, Westhampton Beach And Quogue

It's my understanding that the N.Y. State Attorney General's office is going to also file suite against the municipalities, (not sure about individual trustees) for Civil Rights violations. Has anyone else heard about that?

Apparently, there was also an issue with the Westhampton Beach Police Department disproportionally ticketing Hampton Synagogue congregrants for illegal parking. Supposedly there are dozens of pictures of non-ticketed cars illegally parked in front of local churches.

I was also told that the parking changes (that took place a few years ago) in front of the synagogue may be considered intentional harassment since they had no public safety value. If the intent was to make synagogue attendance more difficult than those trustees that voted for it might face penalties.
" Jan 20, 11 11:59 AM

The courts and the N.Y. State Attorney General will decide what is legal and what is not legal. It wasn't legal for Blacks to use the same bathrooms as whites in Mississippi in 1965. Sometimes local laws reflect the backward thinking of the people who created them.

There will be an Eruv. It's just a matter of how much the trustees of Quogue, WHB. and Southampton want to personally spend (certainly the Jewish taxpayers will sue them if they attempt to use taxpayer money to defend themselves) before they roll over and realize that they are one of the last groups in America (there are a bunch of Eruvs in Mississippi) to prevent others from enjoying their constitutional right to religious freedom.

It's really a shameful that the St. Marks Vestry forced Father David out. He was a great guy who had a wonderful relationship with a number of local churches and synagogues. He also supported the Eruv. Hey, maybe that's why they pushed him out." Jan 20, 11 7:15 PM

The "codes" of Mississippi and Alabama said Blacks have to sit in the back of the bus, but we Americans refused those codes. Local "codes" mean nothing if they are unconstitutional.

Cdwyer you can call Jews a "streaming pile of crap," but all your anti-semitism will never bring you peace of mind.

It's over. You're done. The world changed. You've been left behind to smell your own armpits.

Church Bells will continue to ring, streets will be painted green, and Westhampton, Southampton, and Quogue will have an Eruv and none of it will be a big deal." Jan 20, 11 9:27 PM

Cdweyer, I accept your apology and appreciate your humble response. Tea Party inflammatory language has no place in our country, but I'm sure you're a good man.

I'm confident that the trustees will see that defending the suit makes no sense and will be very costly. The Eruv is a basic right, like it or not. Christmas decorations, church bells, green stripes on St. Patricks Day are religion based, but part of our community. It's important to open up and accommodate the needs of all religions and cultures. The Eruv, which should be in my the summer, will have no affect on the community, and it will not be visible.

I'm still looking into this Attorney General issue - I don't think it's Eruv based, but may have something to do with the actions of some former WHB trustees. There was also something about exclusion from a private club. It could be a rumor, but it comes from the same people that told me about the suit a few months ago.

" Jan 22, 11 6:22 AM

Jury Verdict In Kabot Case: Not Guilty Of DWI

Not guilty in less than 90 minutes. I imagine in the civil suit - which Linda will no doubt bring against W.H.B. and the cops who arrested her, we will find out if there was in fact a conspiracy.

" Feb 4, 11 5:08 PM

My guess is she'll be reelected to the town board in June and receive a sizable settlement from the village of Westhampton Beach who will also being paying for the Eruv debacle. Thank goodness I live in the town of Southampton. " Feb 4, 11 8:00 PM

Looking forward to Tuesday's public session at 6:00. Anna needs to confess and step down; at there very least there should be a recall and a new election for Supervisor.

Also looking forward to Linda's law suit against those who tried to frame her.
Will Keahon represent her in the civil action?" Feb 6, 11 1:39 PM

Request For $70 Million Default Judgment Against Town Dismissed

I don't like the law suit, but I believe in religious freedom and understand that the plaintiffs have no other recourse. It's all very sad. Some of the comments, especially by Quogue and Westhampton Beach Board member will certainly embarrass us in the international press. There is going to be a lot of coverage - it's the Hamptons!

Tenafly costs their citizens over a million dollars to defend an identical suit and they lost. Regardless of your position, precedent shows the plaintiffs have a solid case which is being represented by one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. http://www.weil.com/practiceareas/

If the town loses, which they will, in addition to costing the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend, the town and the trustees personally will be subject to considerable penalties and damages including but not limited to the the Plaintiff's legal fees. They will have to raise taxes or cut programs.

Pro or anti-Eruv - it doesn't matter. Our emotions, opinions, and sentiment will be subject to the law,

" Mar 3, 11 6:32 AM

I agree with you on the first case, and I don't believe Nancy Genovese has a chance of winning.

Regarding the second case, the argument is that religious symbols are displayed all the time - often at the cost of taxpayer (St. Patrick's Day Parade(those green lines, police, and clean-up cost a lot of money), Christmas Decorations, a Nativity scene on the village green, etc.)

Ironically, the Eruv is invisible and doesn't cost the taxpayers a dime. So if you really want all religions to be "treated equally," you would have to give the Orthodox Jews much, much more than just the Eruv they are requesting.

There's no case. I haven't met an intelligent lawyer who believes the town can win.

I agree that only the lawyers make-out in these cases, but Weil Gotchal is representing the Plaintiff pro-bono, so it won't cost the plaintiffs anything, yet the firm will be entitled to considerable fees from the defendants (the town, the villages, and the trustees) if they win.

The Eruv issue is a turf war reflecting a pitiful break-down in communication, some isolated anti-semitism, some unreasonable fears, and a lot of human nature. It's a mess, and the only uniting factor is how badly both sides handled the issue.

It's a drag. It's sad and it's going to get a lot of National and International publicity and make us all look ridiculous.

Taxpayers have to decide if they want to spend their hard-earned money defending a case they can't win.

" Mar 3, 11 9:14 AM

Comedy Central Airs Parody About Proposed Eruv In Westhampton Beach

A very bad day for Charles (I almost feel sorry for him), but a great day for religious freedom.
" Mar 25, 11 3:04 AM

it wasn't much of a "utopia" 400 years ago if you were a slave. Yes, Yes, did your family own slaves?" Mar 26, 11 3:31 PM

Candidates Jockey For Levy's Position Amidst Investigation

I wonder if Levy will be sharing a cell with Guildi. No doubt Heany is next." Mar 27, 11 8:12 PM

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