Friday, January 21, 2011

Verizon Sues 3 Villages in Long Island That Are Fighting An "Eiruv"

Verizon sued three Long Island towns on behalf of observant Jews. The villages prohibit the phone company from posting "lechis" on utility poles - little strips that create an "eruv," or zone where Orthodox Jews can carry objects or push baby carriages or wheelchairs to synagogue on the Sabbath and on Yom Kippur. 
     Verizon New York and co-plaintiff Long Island Lighting Co. say the towns must allow Orthodox Jews to tie the lechis to utility poles, to comply with religious observances,.
     The defendants in the federal complaint are the Village of Westhampton Beach, the Village of Quogue and the Town of Southampton. 
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