Jerry Delakas Delivers Model Newsstand to Mayor de Blasio at Gracie Mansion

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 at 6:06 am by

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Model delivered to Mayor de Blasio, Photo: Save Jerry’s Newsstand

You may or may not be following the epic saga of Jerry Delakas and his embattled Astor Place newsstand.

The short version of the story is that the 64-year-old Greek immigrant has been operating outside the Starbucks there since 1988. Technically, the vendor license is not under his name, but that of the woman whose dying wish was to bequeath the business. The City sees this as illegal, and has been trying to get rid of Delakas for years, even retaining powerful law firm Proskauer Rose (pro-bono). They got their way in early December when the Department of Consumer Affairs padlocked the Cemusa stand.

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Photo: Facebook

Eager to employ every trick in the book to survive, Delakas visited Mayor de Blasio during the Gracie Mansion open house on Sunday and delivered a model-sized version of his newsstand (“May he intervene swiftly to bring Jerry in from out of the cold”). Below is the dispatch of the meeting as recorded by the dedicated Facebook page:

Jerry met new mayor Bill De Blasio who said of Jerry’s Newsstand to Jerry “Great place!” Paraphrasing the rest: after being told of lock out, De Blasio said he ‘is aware, there is a great injustice, and then instructed his aids to ‘get on it immediately.’ (Sorry for paraphrasing we were very tired). Jerry then spoke to aid who took from him the specifics of the case.

On a related note, Delakas and his advocates are rallying on the Supreme Courthouse steps tomorrow morning at 9am (60 Centre Street).

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