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How each town controls day laborers

OYSTER BAY

Town ordinance passed in September.

Prohibits: Any behavior or action announcing someone is available for employment, including "waving arms, making hand signals, shouting to someone in a vehicle, jumping up and down" and "waving signs." Does not apply to people selling items, only those seeking employment.

Penalties: Up to $250 fine for people soliciting employment or accepting a solicitation.

Status: Town has not begun enforcement but has been monitoring number of day laborers in Locust Valley and handing out fliers about the law.

HUNTINGTON

Town ordinance passed in July 2008.

Prohibits: Soliciting work or picking up people for work on public roadways.

Penalties: First offense, fine of up to $500. Second, up to $750. Third, up to $1,000.

Status: Law designed to encourage employers and workers to use hiring site on Depot Road. Since passage, one summons has been issued - to an employer looking for workers.GLEN COVE

In 1990, city passes law aimed at outlawing public gatherings by large groups; advocates say it targets immigrants seeking work on street corners.

Latino groups sue; district court judge rules ordinance is constitutional.

Before decision is appealed, city agrees to find alternative gathering site for day laborers.

With city support, a trailer and portable toilet near train station open in 1993 - Long Island's first institutionalized "shape-up" center. Appeal plans dropped.

FARMINGVILLE

Community becomes known as epicenter of Long Island immigration debate with complaints about day laborers, near-fatal beating of two Mexican day laborers in 2000 and torching of Mexican family's house in 2003.

Suffolk lawmakers float anti-loitering ordinances twice, most recently in 2007. Both ordinances are defeated.

SOUTHAMPTON

Ongoing situation centers on public complaints about day laborers congregating around a 7-Eleven parking lot in Southampton Village.

In 2007, village officials attempt to use park across street as a hiring center, sparking ongoing litigation.

In January 2008, residents win preliminary injunction preventing day laborers from using park.

Last month, a state appeals court ruling removes preliminary injunction. Town and village officials say they continue to search for appropriate site for hiring center.

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