'Day laborer' law ruled unconstitutional

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has stuck down a Long Island town's law banning day laborers from soliciting for work on public sidewalks. U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley said the town of Oyster Bay's law violates the First Amendment. He said day laborers are permitted to gather in public spaces to seek work. Hurley also said Thursday that the state's vehicle and traffic laws can be enforced to protect motorists and pedestrians.

The town enacted the law in 2009. Several groups sued, including the New York Civil Liberties Union and an organization representing Hispanic day laborers.

Because of the ongoing litigation, the town has never enforced the ordinance.

Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said he was disappointed by the ruling and is considering whether to appeal.

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