Wednesday, May 30, 2012

State Suspends Smoking Restrictions In Parks, Pools, Beaches Until Public Comment Peroid Is Concluded

In April 2012, New York State banned smoking in all of its State Parks. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites including 8 parks in NYC.

The State's enforcement suspension does not impact city parks.

State Wide

The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups objected, according to the Associated Press.

Instead, the administration says Tuesday the measures will be voluntary for at least two months while a full rule-making process including public comment is concluded.

The state parks department issued its order in April after the Legislature failed to approve laws that would restrict smoking to some areas of the public facilities this summer. Failure to obey could have resulted in a disorderly conduct arrest.

Smokers' rights advocate Audrey Silk had threatened to sue the state, saying the administrative action tried to overrule the Legislature and failed to consider opposing views.

Signs prohibiting smoking have already been posted.

Read More:

AP via: WABC News- May 29, 2012

gothamist - May 29, 2012 - By Garth Johnston

A Walk In The Park - April 19, 2012

A Walk In The Park - April 11, 2012

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