Town of Oyster Bay sued over laborer law

Town of Oyster Bay officials are under fire today for an ordinance banning day laborers from standing on street corners to look for work.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Hispanic-rights groups say the 2009 law prohibiting pedestrians from soliciting employment and barring drivers from stopping to hire workers is unconstitutional.

Attorney Alan Levine, of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, says the town has yet to cite anyone for violating the law. But he said day laborers have been intimidated from standing on streets in communities such as Locust Valley and Farmingdale since the ordinance was enacted in September.

Town Supervisor John Venditto defended the law. He says it's intended to address road safety concerns.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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