When Citizens (Gasp) Are the Smoking Police!
It was a sort of "Candid Camera" experiment, inspired by the suggestion of city officials that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposal to ban smoking at city parks, beaches and outdoor plazas would be enforced not just by the police and parks agents, but by ordinary citizens asking other citizens to do their civic duty to just stop smoking.
"I'm looking for Gale Brewer, citizen, to be able to say to the other citizen: 'Excuse me, sir, but that's illegal. You really can't smoke here,' " said Ms. Brewer, the councilwoman who introduced the bill at the City Council meeting on Thursday