NYC to Ban Cigarette Smoking In Public Parks And Beaches
On Wednesday at 11:00 the Mayor and City Council members, including Speaker Christine Quinn will announce plans to introduce legislation which would ban cigarette smoking in parks and beaches. Sources say the legislation will be introduced at the City Council's "stated" meeting on Thursday. (Photo: Chu for the New York Daily News)
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is moving forward with a plan to ban smoking in parks and beaches.
Officials say Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce the legislation on Wednesday.
The city's health commissioner said a year ago that his goal was to ban smoking in city parks and beaches.
Bloomberg has said he was skeptical it could get done. But the staunchly anti-tobacco mayor said in July he was waiting for a final city report on the idea.
The City Council legislation will require hearings before the full 51-member body can vote.
Other states and cities nationwide have banned smoking in parks and beaches.