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Pols push citywide ID cards

Several City Councilmembers would like everyone to carry identification cards. On Wednesday, July 25, a slew of 17 politicians announced plans to introduce a bill into the Council to create a municipal ID card for all city residents.
&#8220This card will allow every resident to open a bank account, be identified in case of an emergency and access police services to prevent and solve crimes,” said Councilmember Hiram Monserrate, one of the bill's sponsors.
Currently, city residents must apply through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver's license, permit or non-government ID, but to get these cards, applicants must provide a social security number.
However, Executive Order 41, a &#8220Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy created in 2003, prohibits city employees from asking about confidential information, like immigration status.
&#8220For many New Yorkers, the lack of government-issued photo identification is a substantial barrier to employment and other necessities,” said Councilmember John Liu, another of the bill's sponsors. &#8220Not only will a city ID card enhance individual opportunities, but it will also help ensure equal access to municipal services.”
If passed, the bill calls for the New York City Commission on Human Rights to create an application process and generic ID card, which will include the resident's name, address and photo. Although the commission will determine what will be accepted as identification, only documents showing identity and address will be considered.
Although the bill's sponsors want the card to be available to residents of all ages, they recommended that minors need a signature from a parent or guardian.
Politicians pointed to the implementation of a similar program in New Haven, CT, where a card, called the Elm City Resident Card, allows residents to get into city pools and libraries.
&#8220It is my hope that this card will be the city's first step in using the benefits of technology to allow residents not only access to public safety resources, but more convenient and stream-lined services,” said Monserrate. &#8220Following the progressive example of New Haven, the ID card has the potential to be used for parking meters, ATMs, libraries and more.”

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