Butts out for smokers on LIRR platforms

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed new legislation into law today that will stop smokers from lighting up while they're waiting for a train. The law

MERRICK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed new legislation into law today that will stop smokers from lighting up while they're waiting for a train.

The law prohibits smoking in outdoor spaces designated for ticketing and boarding, which includes train station platforms operated by the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and New York City Transit.

Some argue that the ban is going too far because commuters are still outdoors while standing on the platforms. Others, including Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick), who cosponsored the bill, have argued that riders can't escape secondhand smoke while confined to the small boarding areas.

The bill will now take effect in 90 days.

Legislature extinguishes smoking on LIRR platform

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