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Magazine vendor wins round in eviction case with Mayor de Blasio in his corner

Published: January 8, 2014

Publication: Daily News

By Barbara Ross

Upon learning that New York’s mayor was sympathetic to Jerry Delakas’ plight, city lawyers agreed to put off eviction proceedings against the 64-year-old, according to the man’s attorney.


Newsstand dealer Jerry Delakas, left, finally made it into Gracie Mansion on Sunday to meet New York Mayor de Blasio fter waiting outside for hours. His perseverance paid off, with city lawyers now backing off from their push to evict Delakas from his stand.

A veteran newsstand dealer is learning more and more that it’s good to have New York’s mayor in your corner.

City lawyers backed off Wednesday on their push to evict Jerry Delakas, 64, upon learning that Mayor de Blasio was sympathetic to Delakas’ plight, the newsstand man’s lawyer said.

Attorney Arthur Schwartz said city lawyers agreed to a two-week adjournment in Manhattan Supreme Court after hearing the mayor’s press office issued a statement saying, “We are working to reach a better outcome.”


Jerry Delakas stands in front of his Astor Place newsstand, a fixture of the East Village since 1987, right after it was shuttered in mid-December.

The mayor told Delakas at a Gracie Mansion reception Sunday that the eviction effort was “a great injustice,” the vendor’s friend Kelly King said.

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