Glens Falls pays for protest law

Mark Mulholland and WNYT Staff
Created: November 26, 2020 10:46 AM

The City of Glens Falls has to pay up for its law restricting demonstrations.

Glens Falls has agreed to pay the $50,000 legal fees of the group that challenged the ordinance which required permits to hold large gatherings on public land. 

A group called American Patriots Express filed a federal lawsuit claiming the new ordinance was unconstitutional, and the judge agreed. The law required those holding a rally with more than 25 people to give at least two weeks notice to the city clerk, who then had another two weeks to grant or deny a permit.

The Glens Falls Common Council said it was needed to prevent spontaneous demonstrations between competing groups. The attorney for APEX says the city has since removed the permit requirement.

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