Help Jerry keep his Newsstand!
  • Petitioned Councilman Daniel Garodnick

This petition was delivered to:

Council Member of Consumer Affairs
Councilman Daniel Garodnick
New York Governor

Help Jerry keep his Newsstand!

    1. Charles Raben
    2. Petition by

      Charles Raben

      New York, NY

January 2014


Charles Raben: "Mr. Delakas attended an open house at Gracie Mansion on Jan. 5 and spoke briefly with Mayor Bill de Blasio, said Mr. Delakas’s lawyer, Arthur Z. Schwartz... The city... agreed to issue a license to Mr. Delakas and allow him to reopen the stand, he said. In return, Mr. Delakas agreed to pay $9,000 in fines, spread over almost a year." -

Once again, the big shots that rule New York City have found their next target.

This time, the victim is a 64 year old man who has been working day and night for the last 24 years running his Newsstand at Astor Place which is much beloved by occupants of the neighborhood and tourists alike. Out of nowhere, the City of New York has declared war on Jerry Delakas. City authorities claim that Jerry's license is no longer valid, and they are unwilling to renew it. Jerry's American dream is about to be extinguished. 

What future does he face if he were to lose his Newsstand? What will happen to him? Please join the fight to help Jerry and save his Newsstand. Your urgent action is required because his days are numbered… 

I realize that I am considerably young; being 14 years old in the moment, but I still feel I have the ability to create an impact on this mans life... With your help we can save Jerry.

This is not only a matter of survival, it is a matter of principle!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • greg adsluf BROOKLYN, NY
      • 10 months ago

      This is a human being who has worked for years in a community. It is his sole source of income at the age of 64. He worked earnestly - do not kick him out on a technicality. Exceptions are a thinking man's way of doing what is right. Do what is right for a fellow human.

    • Cristina Dominguez NEW YORK, NY
      • 10 months ago

      Jerry is just trying to earn a living. He is living history.

    • Ashley Petrylak NEW YORK, NY
      • 10 months ago

      We cannot let the uniqueness of New York be lost to major corporations.

    • sherrie fell NEW YORK, NY
      • 10 months ago

      Jerry's stand is now a landmark and should be treated as so. He is a staple to our community.

    • shante jones BROOKLYN, NY
      • 10 months ago

      We must protect our rights to capitalism


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