Made NYC more equitable
The City’s work to increase equity for all New Yorkers is producing tangible results across a wide range of areas.
As a result of the Pre-K for All initiative, the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in free, high-quality, full-day pre-k has more than tripled. Enrollment has risen from 20,000 before the initiative’s 2014 launch to nearly 70,000 today.
IDNYC, the City’s municipal ID program, which is the nation’s largest, has continued to grow since March 2017, when it was announced that more than 1 million ID cards had been issued. IDNYC offers access to bank accounts and cultural institutions and gives cardholders greater confidence in interacting with law enforcement, making the city more inclusive for all, including immigrants and the homeless.
Vision Zero, now four years old, is aimed at ending traffic fatalities, which at the launch were killing approximately 250 New Yorkers annually. It particularly benefits vulnerable populations who are disproportionately likely to be killed or injured by vehicles, including children under 14 and the elderly.
The city is becoming healthier. The percentage of infants born at baby-friendly hospitals increased to 15.8 from 8.8 percent in 2015. The percentage of New Yorkers with serious psychological distress who received mental health treatment increased from 44 in 2013 to 46 in 2015.
Efforts are also underway to increase equity in City government. In 2017, the mayor signed three equity bills. They require three City agencies to examine their own operations and produce detailed plans and reports on their efforts to reduce disparities based on race, gender, income, and/or sexual orientation. They also create an Equity Committee, impose new training requirements, and require the City to report on inequities annually.