Joe Namath & Other Celebs Get Word Out About New LIRR-MNR Smoking Ban
An all-star lineup of local celebrities is pitching in to help the LIRR and Metro-North get the word out about the new state smoking ban on outdoor station platforms.
The new law, which took effect Sunday, November 13, also covers outdoor ticketing and boarding areas.
Volunteering their time and their voices will be New York Jets Super Bowl hero Joe Namath, New York Ranger Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert, former New York Yankee pitching ace Tommy John, WFAN sports commentator Ann Liguori, Long Island native and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler, Pro-Football Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, James Lipton, host of TV's "Inside the Actors Studio," Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, Juliet Papa of 1010 WINS Radio News, actress Lori Singer, journalist Ken Auletta of The New Yorker magazine and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City."/>
The railroads' campaign to raise public awareness about the new law will also include leaflets on trains, posters in stations, customer email alerts and postings on Facebook and twitter and eventually permanent signage at all LIRR and Metro-North stations in New York.
Metro-North stations in Connecticut are not subject to the new law.
The effective date of this new law in New York is November 13, 2011 and all customers are expected to comply. However, MTA Police will be issuing warnings to violators rather than summonses during a grace period while the education campaign is underway and both railroads add the new prohibition their Rules of Conduct and those rules are approved by the MTA Board.
When enforcement begins, violators could be subject to a fine of up to $50 and a jail term of no more than 30 days or both, the same penalties in force for current no-smoking rules on trains and indoor area within a terminal or station.