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New York Village Bans Outdoor Smoking

Gregory Mottola
Posted: January 12, 2011

The incorporated village of Great Neck, New York is the first municipality in the Empire State to ban smoking outdoors.

The new law, which went into effect January 4, prohibits smoking on public sidewalks in Great Neck, a village with some 9,500 residents located in Nassau County, or within 125 feet of Middle Neck Road, the village's main throughway. It also bans smoking in front of businesses, at the Village Green Park and the Village Housing authority.

Though it is still legal to smoke within Great Neck's municipal parking lots, you can no longer smoke on the parking lot's benches or within 10 feet of them.

So where in Great Neck can you smoke?

"In yards, homes and sidewalks not in front of any shops," said Great Neck Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman.

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Comments   13 comment(s)

Christian A January 12, 2011 5:46pm ET

Fascism is alive and well in Great Neck. Sad.

Luís Santos — Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal,  —  January 12, 2011 11:12pm ET


Cody Unczur January 12, 2011 11:36pm ET

What a waste of taxpayers dollars. Stupid laws like this.

Audrey Silk January 13, 2011 2:14am ET

Laws like this should be paid the respect it "deserves."

Founder, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)

Taylor Franklin January 13, 2011 3:12am ET

Where in the heck can you smoke in Great Neck?

Paul P — Huntersville, NC, USA,  —  January 14, 2011 10:33am ET

Come on NY'ers time to get rid of those Liberal Democrat politicians you keep re-electing. That's one of the reasons I moved away. People complain about things like this then they re-elect the clowns that are responsible for it.

James Jenks January 14, 2011 6:21pm ET

Can a citizen challenge the health of a car exhaust within the city limits. I’m sure a car exhaust is more unhealthy than cigar smoke.

Paul Puglia — Brooklyn, New York, USA,  —  January 15, 2011 1:00am ET

Let's boycott Great Neck.

Pete Noel January 15, 2011 8:48pm ET

The only time I go there is to visit the one store that's a customer. Otherwise, I could care less about Great Neck.

Kevin Roberts — Fife, Wa, USA ,  —  January 16, 2011 5:32am ET

The problem with Great Necks elected officials, as well as most elected officials, is they don't truly represent their constituancies. We elect them to speak for us, at least speak for the majority, and instead they do what "they think is best for us" as if we were ignorant children. I believe if issues like this were put to a vote of the people the majority of folks would vote this stuff down. Unfortuately puting everything to a vote of the people is unrealistic. But how refreshing would be if our elected representatives checked in with us to ask how we the people felt about things like smoking bans. I would bet the amount of time wasted on stuff like this would almost disappear. But that would be in a perfect world. So for now the last bastion of freedom is your own house. I wonder how long until they take that from us?

Mike Klink — Salisbury, PA, USA,  —  January 16, 2011 10:25pm ET

More of the same insanity from the liberal left "Pleasure Police," Tobacco Nazis, etc., to try chipping away from people's rights. I guess the only lesson they learned from Prohibition was not impose it all at once but little at a time.

stantine972 February 1, 2011 1:57am ET

They should change the name of Great Neck to Suck Neck, because it sucks. I guess you have to go to a great little cigar shop in Great Neck called Tobacco Plaza to smoke.
George - Commack NY

heath semeniuk — bowen island, B.C., canada,  —  March 2, 2011 1:40pm ET

This is just more proof that smokers are being descriminated; and whats worse is it's openly accepted as normal.What happened to my civil rights?

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