New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, front left, receives applause after signing anti-smoking legislation in New York, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002. The law bans smoking in public places and places of employment. From top left clockwise are Leroy Comrie, Gale
NEW YORK - On the eve of the year's biggest party night, Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved one of the nation's toughest anti-smoking laws while Gov. George Pataki toughened the state's drunk driving statute.
The smoking ban, affecting nearly every public indoor space in the city, takes effect March 30, giving smokers one last New Year's Eve to light up in most bars and restaurants.