“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.