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Poll: Smoking on Metro North Platforms Is Banned

How do you feel about the ban that begins Sunday? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

As of this Sunday, Nov. 13, there is no smoking allowed on outdoor platforms, ticket and boarding areas of New York terminals and stations of the MTA Metro-North and Long Island Rail Railroad lines.

In a press release from the MTA, Metro-North President Howard Permut said, “The new law is a benefit to our customers, helping us in our efforts to provide a healthier and cleaner environment on our platforms and in our ticketing and boarding area. We appreciate the action taken by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to protect New Yorkers and improve public health.”

Along with the ban comes a PR campaign to educate riders of the law, including permanent signage, customer email alerts, social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter, and public service announcements from celebrities like New York Jets Super Bowl legend Joe Namath and James Lipton, host of TV's "Inside the Actors Studio.”

Outdoor smoking bans are a contentious issue—as evidenced by the comments on yesterday's story in Nyack Patch.

While customers are expected to comply with the law immediately, there will be a grace period when MTA police will issue warnings to violators and not summonses.

What do you think of the ban? Let us know in today’s poll.

gene March 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I couldn't possibly rebut even a small percent of McF's massive deluge of postings without running it as a full-time business like him. But I do hate to see him abusing locals with his slick, honed-over-decades rhetoric. I hate to think locals might be fooled into thinking they're "discussing" matters with normal people, instead of McF & his wolf-pack of seasoned, never-wrong, die-hard campaigners. Readers & local residents have every right to know what's really going on here. As do editors.
Michael J. McFadden March 24, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Gene is truly amazing. Sad, yes, but nonetheless amazing. "Readers & local residents have every right to know what's really going on here. As do editors." They do indeed Gene, which is why I recommended they google our history. Some of your attacks have been erased, either by you or by board editors over the years, but most are still there. Gene, you may not have noticed, but, unlike you, I've never tried to hide who I am or what my arguable "competing interest" is in my internet or political activities. Nor have I ever gotten any pay or grant money to support them. And finally, I most certainly have not tried to "pose as a normal poster," hiding my identity on one board as MikeM, and on others as MikeMM, MikeMMM, MikeM5, etc. ad nauseum. Why don't you share a bit about your own situation Gene? Or don't your grants for this stuff allow for that? Now, unless something truly unexpected comes up, I'd like to return to discussing the board topic with Chris Clement et al. - MJM
gene May 09, 2012 at 12:32 AM
It's sad alright, McF's completely bereft of answers or even excuses. I guess he has no choice but to smear. Once again, not a single denial of any charge. No, in fact, his spam campaign is all my fault(!) because I've exposed him before doing this exact same thing to message boards around the world. There's no reasonable response possible of course, so he attacks the messenger. Unable to dispute my charges, he tries to deflect attention by going after me with an ad hominem flak barrage of confused obfuscation, arcane accusations, yet another off-the-wall misquote, & some sneakily implied--make that asserted--libel. Here's a wild idea: not everyone's out trying to make themselves famous by fax-blasting their names and products all over the internet. All I know is that if I were a webmaster who'd set up a msg board to serve my community and one day saw my local readers being abused and taunted by an outsider on a personal mission, saw my board being jumped on as just another stolen soapbox, just one more hijacked website amongst tens of thousands being despoiled daily by some full-time, remorseless campaigner on a worldwide book tour/ego-boosting crusade-- I'd be furious.
gene May 09, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I did find this interesting: >>I'd like to return to discussing the board topic with Chris Clement et al. You mean the poster who suddenly showed up 5 months after the article ran to support you? 5 months after the article, but a mere 8 HOURS after you discovered you were in trouble? You mean the poster who, out of all the minutes available to contribute over the last 5 months, chose this very moment in time--within just 8 hours(!)--to plop down on the Patch's board and support you with some inane, highly improbable off-topic nonsense, a potpourri of everything _but_ the subject of the article, a mishmash of assertions covering territory all over the map and requiring a range of disciplines to speak authoritatively about, a rancid stew of clap-trap that some would say is 99 44/100 percent pure propaganda suspiciously similar to talking-point data streams easily plucked from pro-smoking websites? And not one word about the platform smoking ban? You mean that poster? Why, what a coincidence! Well, carry on "discussing the board topic," you two, complimenting each other into infinity and beyond, I'm not stopping such honorable men.
Michael J. McFadden July 21, 2013 at 01:43 PM
::sigh:: I just happened to wander over here from another Patch board to find that, once again, Gene waited month or two until the thread was dead to wander back and leave a personal attack. As noted in an earlier post, if you google my name and his "name variants" you'll find he's devoted the recent years of his life (And his grant money?) to this ... which I guess should make me feel honored. Evidently my writings present quite a threat if they're worth that much time and money to fight. Let me address a few of his specifics: "I couldn't possibly rebut even a small percent of McF's massive deluge of postings without running it as a full-time business like him. " Actually Gene, as noted in my Google suggestion above, you do quite well under your various names and with these tactics of appearing months later. As far as a full-time biz, I get no support for this sort of stuff unless people happen to buy a book. You on the other hand have a decades-long history that includes (how much? Perhaps millions by this point?) grant money from antismoking sources. Want me to source that back to your old Rendez-Vouz article?) You also say, "But I do hate to see him abusing locals with his slick, honed-over-decades rhetoric." Gene, we've both been active on this issue since the mid 1980s on Prodigy, you professionally, and me as a complete "amateur" until I became an author. And you end up with, "I hate to think locals might be fooled into thinking they're "discussing" matters with normal people, instead of McF & his wolf-pack of seasoned, never-wrong, die-hard campaigners. Readers & local residents have every right to know what's really going on here. As do editors." Yes they do. Which is why I'm adding this note even though it's year late. I'm sure your buzzer will go off on its posting anyway... and you'll probably respond in six months while hoping I've gone away. - MJM

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