With so many problems currently facing the City, it is unfortunate that instead of facing these problems head on, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has decided to spend the final year of his time in office acting like the “Nanny Mayor” that seems to be his legacy.
Bloomberg’s latest initiative, hiding packs of cigarettes in stores in an attempt to drop the teen smoking rate, is a worthwhile cause. But it speaks to an ongoing problem, that Bloomberg has made a number of attempts to force healthy lifestyles on New Yorkers. The “Tobacco Product Display Restriction,” which was introduced to the City Council at the Mayor’s behest, follows in the footsteps of the recently overturned sugary drink ban.
With failing schools, a collapsing infrastructure and any number of other issues New Yorkers complain about on a regular basis, should the Mayor really be focusing his attention on these “nanny” issues?