L.I. Village Bans Smoking On Public Sidewalks

GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) — A tiny village on Long Island’s “gold coast” is banning smoking on public sidewalks.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The Great Neck village board approved the ban at a meeting Tuesday night. It claims to be the first municipality in the state to enact such a restriction.

Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman said the ban was enacted after officials got complaints about smokers standing outside stores in the village. He said the law will also benefit pedestrians who might have been subjected to second-hand smoke.

“We’ve been told that there is no constitutional right to smoke therefore we have banned it on our public sidewalks obviously we’re not banning smoking totally,” Kreitzman told 1010 WINS.

Kreitzman said violators found smoking on sidewalks in the 1.2-square-mile village could face fines of up to $1,000.

Neighboring New York City is currently considering a smoking ban in parks and pedestrian plazas.

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  • HUGO

    The mayor is an idiot.

  • robert

    they banned smoking in atlantic city casinos because its going to kill you and everyone around you than profits went down 30-40% all of a sudden smoking was’nt so bad and you can smoke again.it’s all about the money

  • Carol

    The anti-smokers are guilty of flagrant scientific fraud for ignoring more than 50 studies, which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least a quarter of non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers’ studies are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, so they’re cynically DESIGNED to blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. And those criminals commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on tobacco.


    For the government to commit fraud to deprive us of our liberties is automatically a violation of our Constitutional rights to the equal protection of the laws, just as much as if the government purposely threw innocent people in prison. And for the government to spread lies about phony smoking dangers is terrorism, no different from calling in phony bomb threats.

  • bob

    Public property is no problem. Just relocate the smoker back inside privatly owned property..

  • Ellen Thompson

    This is the best news ever!!! thank god we have people who care about the air we breath and our health. I hate to be around anyone who smokes, wish we had that law everywhere. If you want to smoke–go in your house or car and light up!!

    • Steve M.

      They can’t demand any form of ID; especially if i’m not carrying any, or force the ticket upon you without it being considered assault.. I’d be happy to take this to court….

      • JMB

        They ABSOLUTELY can demand an ID from you and arrest you if you dont have one.

        Don’t know where you have been last few years regarding ID issue and having the same.

        You will MOST definately lose in court on that one!!!

    • LeslieW

      Considering the very large number of people seen on those streets with cigarettes in their hands, all that will happen is that those people will take their business elsewhere. I doubt that the Village took into consideration the negative impact on business which this will generate. Non-smokers may not like smokers, but smoking is still legal. In addition, who gave parking meter “cops” the legal right to issue tickets for smoking????

  • j

    Ralph J. Kreitzman = hypocritical and Communist. Sell smokes and ban smoking. Does that make sense?

  • j

    If there’s “no constitutional right to smoke,” then there’s no constitutional right for the government to ban smoking. The Mayor is saying that two negatives = a +, and he is wrong. The government can only ban what it has a right to (in this case something which is illegal, which would make it a federal issue not a local one since he is discussing the Constitution). Furthermore, its not the governments job to prohibit an individual right in a public area. This my friends, is one step closer to Communism.

    By the way I don’t smoke.

  • Cliff

    I don’t smoke and can’t stand the smell of a second hand cigarette. However, my involement when passing by someone who is smoking may last about 2 seconds, no issue. If the government was really concerned about smokers and those impacted by smokers, they would make cigarette’s ILLEGAL. But with all the tax money generated from cigarettes, not a chance

  • badman

    Infringement on freedom? How about my freedom to walk down a street without getting caught in someone else’s stink? Smokers are not only self-destructive, but selfish as well. Maybe instead of banning cigarette smoking we should just shoot the smokers. Especially the ones who smoke in the car with their kids.

  • Paula

    You know, I wish they would do the same in NYC. I hate having to walk down the sidewalk only to have all the smoke being exhaled by the person in front of me smack me in the face…so then I have to either wait foer them to go far enough away that I won’t smell it, or cross the street, but chances someone else will come along enjoying their cig, but not allowing me to enjoy breathing. There may be other toxins in the air, but at least I can’t smell them & they don’t make me gag. Before I go into my office building I have to take a big gulp of air about 50 feet away from the building entrance and I can only exhale after walking past the dozens of people smoking. As an ex-smoker I understand wanting to get your fix, but I quit smoking because it was bad for my health, so why would I want to deal with someone else who just doesn’t care about their own health to ruin my own?

    • Roark

      I see so you are offended by one small cigarette and yet you have no problem with the toxic fumes of the 1000s of automobiles you are constantly inhaling when you walk anywhere in New York City.

      Take care of the big problems then maybe we can tackle the little ones here people.

      • j

        Good thinking. The government should ban itself lol.

      • Paula

        Yes, as per my post, I can’t smell the toxic fumes released by cars, therefore, they don’t make me gag for the 3 avenues I have to walk behind a smoker all the way from the subway to my home. Also, what are you going to do, take every single car off the road, that’s completely unrealistic and shortsighted. At least smokers can go into their own cars to smoke, or go home and do it instead of having to force all the other people around them not to smoke. This article is referring to the town of Great Neck, where 99% of the people get around by car, so they should just get into their own cars to smoke.

  • Sterling Smith

    @Steve…I agree free Darwin!

  • Bartholomew Harte

    Yavoldt,Herr Burgermiester!
    Now Blow it Out Your ASS!!!

  • Scott S

    I’m sure the 5000 square foot houses in that area leave a huge impact on the enviorment. How about the SUV spewing exhaust fumes and the trucks on the highway. Anyway, PM is making way for the legalization of marijuana to make up for the tabacco loses

  • maria

    Since smoking is still a legal activity , where outdoors does the mayor propose that people in thiis village can smoke ?

  • rob m

    i can’t wait til nobody smokes anymore and your income tax triples

  • aj


  • Jeff

    Please ban cigarettes except by prescription or ban the manufacture of cigarettes completely and find another use for tobacco. We must save future generations from becoming addicted.

  • aj

    good then I dont have to go shopping at any of their stores! That’s how that works!

  • Devenio

    Hey Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman – if you really cared about the people, why not stop the sell of cigarette product in total in your town? You can’t have it both ways – collection of cigarette taxes and then saying no one can smoke in public.

  • S'not that bad...

    …at least we can still fart in the elevator!

  • Gary

    Next place no smoking rule to be enforced will be our car.. Think I’m kidding? Just watch and wait, it’s coming.

  • bj

    Hitler & Nazi Germany are alive and well and taking over new york state. Thank you herr kreitzman and rather than “hiei hitler” it should now be “hiel bloomberg”

    • j

      Well Great Neck is predominantly Jewish and Persian so you might be on to something. Blacks and Hispanics sit off of Lakeview in front of Long Island Jewish Medical Center which is just a few acres, if that.

  • JMB

    It is still amazing that with all the information we have about the dangers of smoking that there are still people who still insist on doing the same.

    I would think that the increased risk of CANCER and damage to a person’s LUNGS would be enough to want to quit.

    Smoking should be banned in ALL public places!!!

    • Devenio

      JMB: Information is only as good as the truth it tells. To date, there has never been a study that states 2nd hand smoke has a link to ill health. NOT ONE. People don’t care about information. Most people – you included- take as fact anything the media will force into your ears. 2nd hand smoke is a lie.

      • JMB

        That is not true there are studies related to the dangers of 2nd hand smoke. However, I was referring to the dangers to the ACTUAL smoker. Who in their RIGHT MIND would smoke knowing what is inside a cigarette and the increased chance of cancer and other health issues?

        If not for themselves, for crying out loud, why not stop for their children/families?

        Does not make any sense.

  • Jimmy

    You mean Cigarette smoke is the only toxic substance in the air I may be breathing?

    • jaom651946

      NEWS FLASH!!!!! Do not breath the air after fire works displays have been presented!!!! Hold breath until you get home to the same fresh air that is at your house as where the fire-works were displayed!!! Birds are “dieing” for some new “Mysterious reason!!!!” Wanna play “Roulette???

  • Lou Siffer

    YES YES YES !!!!!

    HA HA HA !!!!!

    Soon, it will be illegal to smoke tobacco even in your own home !!!!

    Shred the US Constitution and remove any last traces of freedom. The people have decided they would much prefer living in a police state as opposed to enjoying liberty.

    Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman does my dark bidding and will be well rewarded when he arrives in my lair.

    America will be no more! Freedom will be a term read about in history books that is no longer practiced.

    After I have your precious tobacco taken away, I am coming after your caffeine. Enjoy your coffee while you can.

    Fools :)

  • Socrates

    yeah!!!! I don’t care if someone wants to kill themselves but let my kids and I breath clean air

    • Lou Siffer

      Exactly. Teach your children that even looking at someone who smokes will cause them irreparable harm. You are my kind of people, Socrates.

    • Steve M.

      If we’d only let Darwinism run it’s course, Socrates and JMB’s ancestors would have wandered off the cliff face a hundred years ago….Now look what we have to deal with!

      • Rob P

        This is the kind of ignorance, from cry babies, that is ruining this country. Once precedence is set others flock to it. I sure hope a Philly lawyer grabs hold of this and runs with it. Our fore fathers didn’t fight so hard to see this country turn to Socialism.

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