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Cuomo bans smoking on LIRR platforms

Publication Date: 8/15/2011
  • Author:Yancey Roy
  • Publication:Newsday.com

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill Monday that prohibits smoking on all MTA-operated outdoor train ticketing, boarding or platform areas. The ban applies to the Long Island Railroad and Metro North.

Smoking is already banned at outdoor New York City subway platforms.

In approving the bill, the governor said: "This law will make outdoor MTA train platforms, ticketing and boarding areas a cleaner, healthier place for all commuters."

Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), sponsor of the bill, called it "an important health initiative" to protect people from second-hand smoke.

The law becomes effective in 90 days.