NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new war on smokers was launched on Thursday. Not by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but by the man who wants to replace him, Anthony Weiner.
He’s running for mayor and has a lot of new ideas, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.READ MORE: Iconic 'Fireplace Restaurant' In Paramus, New Jersey Announces Sudden Closure After 65 Years
Weiner is not telling smokers to quit — not yet at least. But if he is elected mayor he would make city workers who smoke pay more for health insurance. He thinks it’s only fair.
“I think it’s perfectly reasonable to say to people that make a decision that add the cost to the rest of us that they should bare that cost,” Weiner said.
Weiner, whose mother was a public school teacher, also wants to do something to provide city dollars to help Catholic schools survive.
“We’ve lost 63 parish schools in the past five years. We’re due to lose another 20 at the end of the year. That is a real problem for New York City,” Weiner said.