“In March 2016, I was proud to join the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative. I have worked to ensure New York City is inclusive, sustainable and resilient through my administration’s blueprint for growth, One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City. The Champion Mayors initiative gives my administration a powerful platform to share what is effective here with other cities, including increased access to affordable housing, universal Pre-Kindergarten, a municipal identification card and more. It is also an opportunity for us to learn from the rest of the world. This initiative is critical, because our planet cannot afford unsustainable growth, and growth cannot be sustainable unless it is inclusive.”
– Mayor Bill de Blasio
As New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio is committed to fighting the income inequality that has created a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ across the five boroughs. Mayor de Blasio believes all New Yorkers deserve a chance to succeed. That means every child gets a quality education, every community is safe, and every New Yorker has a decent and affordable place to call home.
The de Blasio Administration has developed and executed transformative initiatives including Pre-K for All; Paid Sick Leave; Paid Parental Leave, Mandatory Affordable Housing; IDNYC, and Housing New York, the largest, most ambitious affordable housing plan in the nation. Mr. de Blasio began his political career in 1989 as part of David N. Dinkins’ successful and historic mayoral campaign and has served as a New York City Council member, New York City Public Advocate and a Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mayor de Blasio is married to Chirlane McCray. They have two children, Chiara and Dante.
Mayor de Blasio launched IDNYC, a free government-issued identification card for all New York City residents, including the most vulnerable communities — the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.
IDNYC cardholders can access services and programmes offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services.
IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free oneyear membership at many of the City’s leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.
A free, full-time early education program available to all 4-year-olds in New York City, Pre-K for All lays a solid foundation for educational success for all children, while also providing families with savings on childcare costs. The program prepares children for kindergarten and research has shown this introduction to education has a positive impact on academic performance and closing the achievement gap. Attendance also increases the chance that a low-income child is properly diagnosed with asthma or vision problems and receives appropriate treatment. Families can apply online or by telephone. The online application is available in ten languages, and families can submit an application over the phone or in person in more than 200 languages. The program has expanded to include new districts every year.
Building on the foundation laid by Housing New York (a 10-year housing plan launched in 2014), in November 2017 New York City committed to completing the initial goal of 200,000 affordable homes two years ahead of schedule, by 2022, and generating an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years. To accomplish this accelerated and expanded plan, the administration launched Housing New York 2.0, a roadmap for how the city will reach a new goal of 300,000 homes by 2026. HNY 2.0 introduces new initiatives to help families and seniors afford their rent, buy a first home, and stay in the neighbourhoods they love. Key initiatives of Housing New York 2.0 include preservation projects to ensure seniors are able to stay in their apartments, the development and coordination of anti-displacement strategies with local stakeholders in targeted neighbourhoods, connecting homeowners with funding for repairs, building affordable new housing, and reshaping the model of shared housing to leverage use of modular design and construction.