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Gate Lifts Once Again On Jerry's Newsstand

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A newsstand on Astor Place is open again after its operator made a personal appeal to Mayor de Blasio.

Jerry Delakas ran the newsstand for 27 years until the city locked it up last month.

The original owner died and left it to Delakas in a will.

The city rejected the will and fined Delakas $37,000 for operating the newsstand without a license.

De Blasio stepped in after Delakas spoke to him during an open house at Gracie Mansion.

"This is the way it's supposed to be. I believe I deserve to spend the final years on the corner," Delakas said.

"I think it's wonderful, it's like a new era in New York, the mayor stepping in to help the little guy, and some of the past of this neighborhood being preserved," said Attorney Arthur Schwartz.

In a statement, the mayor's office said, "We are glad we could reach an outcome that ensures Jerry's will remain a part of this community for years to come."

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