- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A suburban New York town is appealing after a federal court ruled its law restricting where day laborers may stand while seeking work is unconstitutional.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said in a statement that the ordinance, enacted in 2009, “narrowly and properly” addresses safety concerns.

The law bars day laborers from using town streets and sidewalks to look for construction, landscaping and other work.

U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley ruled earlier this month that the law violates the First Amendment. He suggested the town’s concerns about public safety could be addressed by enforcing existing state vehicle and traffic laws.

New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer Corey Stoughton said she’s very confident of winning the appeal.

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

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