A group of hot dog-selling Vietnam veterans who have been battling the Parks department for years over turf outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art got some much-welcome news yesterday. The Daily News reports that a Supreme Court justice ruled the disabled vets can continue to sell their dogs in the coveted spot free from reprisal from the Parks Department, which has been issuing steep fines to the vendors since 2007.

The city has been miffed because the veteran vendors don't pay the city to operate out of the space, which typically gets rented for hundreds of thousand of dollars by city-approved vendors. The veterans cite a 19th-century state law that allows disabled veterans to vend on the street. But Park rangers argued that a 1998 state law, which gives the city authorization to tell veterans where they can sell "goods," also applied to food. But Justice Joan Lobis disagreed and said the department was no longer allowed to issue the men tickets.

It's a significant victory for the vet vendors—though probably not so great for the city-approved vendors who pay to park their carts—especially now that the Museum will be open seven days a week. Veteran turned hot dog hawker Dan Rossi, who has collected fines upward of $300,000 and even arrested outside the Museum, was jubilant following the hearing. "I'm going to go get drunk," he told the News.