DCA Issues Summons to Longtime Astor Place Newsstand Guy Jerry Delakas
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Jerry Delakas runs the beloved Astor Place newsstand, Photo: Facebook
Forever squeezing the life outta the neighborhood, the Bloomberg administration certainly has a hard-on about ridding Astor Place of its longtime newsstand. Jerry Delakas has been operating outside the current Starbucks building since 1988; a quarter-century. However, the vendor license is technically not under his name, but the woman whose dying wish was to bequeath the business. The city doesn’t agree that this arrangement is legal and already spent time and money on an eviction, even hiring powerful law firm Proskauer Rose. Last February, though, EV Grieve passed along word that the state courts allowed Delakas to stay at least until Mayor Bloomberg exited the office, and let the next mayor address.
Now The Villager reports that this arrangement was not to be. Apparently, officials are twisting the knife again. Scoopy has it that the embattled Delakas received a summons from the Department of Consumer Affairs alerting him that he doesn’t legally have the right to operate here.
Councilmember Rosie Mendez told us she’ll reach out again to her colleague Dan Garodnick, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs, and try to restart the process to help Delakas. One local activist actually suspected Mendez of being behind the new summons. He told us he refused to sign a “Dear Neighbor” letter for Mendez — soliciting support for her in the recent primary election — to be circulated in his housing complex, because he couldn’t do it in good conscience after she supported N.Y.U.’s 2031 mega-development plan. The activist, who has been one of Delakas’s biggest supporters, fears the summons may have been a backlash for withholding his signature.
Leave the guy alone already.
Meanwhile, you can show your support by joining his dedicated Facebook page, wherein he endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor.