How can anybody be surprised that Mayor Bloomberg wants to get legislation on smoking into residences?
He doesn't like smoke, that we already knew what with the ban on smoking in bars and park restrictions for smoking. The bar ban is a disaster in some ways. Sidewalks are blocked by smokers who are often drunk but have to step outside to light up. If a person makes the mistake of living in an apartment upstairs from these places, they get smoke and drunken laughter.
I applaud his pedestrian plaza idea; but, wish he'd stop telling how the air is clearer in those spaces now. Well, sure it's clearer there; however, in the surrounding blocks where traffic was re-routed the air is worse, the exhaust had to go somewhere.
Move the smoker to the side at a public park and now there's no way to get into the park without going through thick smoke. Is this really an improvement?
On the apartment/residential ban idea, this would be an interesting thing to try. Would tenants then become spies who would report purported violators? Would the accused have to vacate immediately or would that be on hold until after the trial? What happens if a person visits and while their host is in the next room getting food, they light up and the smoke slithers up through the vents to the next unit? The off-duty cop comes down, smashes her fist on the door, the door opens and she can see the smoke still hanging in the air, along with the snubbed out cigarette in the ashtray which Grampa Burl left in their will. She makes a citizens arrest (not sure if off-duty cops can make full arrests) and the tenant and the guest charge at the officer (it's new york so they will use a machete or steak knife of a shiv they were crafting for when they visited Uncle Johnny up at Bare Hill Correctional (located in Malone)). In the process all 3 end up dead. Oh yeah this anti-smoking thing is going well.
Bloomberg likes power, as can be seen in his decade+ long rule. Schools, health, traffic, you name it he wants it . Some ideas have been good, most have not. A large part of what he does, seems to be to mention an idea and watch how it unfolds. If he really wants it and thinks it possible, he proceeds. (possible, meaning, support from enough members of the City Council). At times he proceeds even if there is no support.
Many Bloomberg ideas, while well intentioned (bar-smoking ban, schools, pedestrian plazas) have repercussions that he doesn't address in advance and if brought up he dismisses.
Big problem with Bloomberg is he has been given too much power.