NYCLU looking into sidewalk sitting law

Saratoga sidewalk

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York Civil Liberties Union says they’re now looking into Saratoga’s controversial “sidewalk sitting law.”

The law, which was passed in the city earlier this summer, made it illegal for people to sit or lay on sidewalks. It is a law that was met by protests.

The NYCLU says that’s not the way to go about it.

In a statement sent to NEWS10, the NYCLU said, “Courts have long recognized the importance of public streets and sidewalks as forums for free speech and peaceable assembly, and this ordinance infringes on those fundamental rights. Homelessness is a tragedy, not a crime. We are looking into the situation.”

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