Judge reverses Oyster Bay ban on work solicitation

A ban on soliciting work on the street will not be allowed in the Town of Oyster Bay after a federal judge Thursday put a halt on the ordinance.

The judge issued a temporary restraining order that makes the ban on soliciting work no longer valid. Supervisor John Venditto says the ordinance, which was passed last September, was a necessary step to ensure public safety, especially in areas like Farmingdale and Locust Valley.

However, the New York Civil Liberties Union, who brought the suit against the town, felt the ordinance was a violation of the First Amendment. The group says today's ruling is a win for day laborers.

Venditto says he still has to decide what his next step is, but says he could appeal the ruling.

Meanwhile, a hearing is set for next Friday on whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction further prohibiting enforcement of the law.

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