Town of Oyster Bay goes to court over ordinance

An ordinance passed by the Town of Oyster Bay is at the center of a federal court case involving the New York Civil Liberties Union.

A town ordinance passed in September bans people from soliciting work on the street. Supervisor John Venditto says the ordinance was a necessary step to ensure public safety.

The NYCLU calls it a blatant violation of day laborers' First Amendment rights. It is suing the town to get the ordinance repealed.

?The intent of the ordinance is to drive immigrants from the town and to drive day laborers from the town,? NYCLU attorney Samantha Frederickson says.

Venditto says the number of day laborers gathering on the streets has decreased significantly since the passage of the ordinance.

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