New York City Passes News Rack Law

By: Joe Strupp

A New York law regulating news racks was signed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Tuesday with support from most major newspapers in the city.

Among other things, the law specifies where news racks can be placed — by and large, out of the way of pedestrians. It also requires them to be maintained, regularly filled with fresh copies, and registered with the city. Violators face the removal of their racks.

“This legislation seeks and achieves the appropriate balance between the city’s interest in regulating placement and maintenance of news racks and the protection of freedom of the press,” Bloomberg said after signing the measure.

Local newspapers contacted by E&P supported the plan. Said John Amann, vice president of circulation for the New York Post, “Anything that benefits New York City benefits the Post.”

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