Brooklyn electeds some of first to sign up for IDNYC
by Jess Berry
Jan 21, 2015 | 4487 views | 0 0 comments | 184 184 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following the roll out on January 12 of New York City’s new municipal ID card, IDNYC, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was joined by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Nisha Agarwal last week to be some of the first to sign up for the new cards.

The Brooklyn Municipal Building is one of 17 enrollment centers for IDNYC around the city, and Adams encouraged all Brooklynites to join him in signing up for a card at the center nearest them.

“I am pleased that one of the enrollment centers is mere steps from Brooklyn Borough Hall, a central hub for our city's largest borough, and I encourage every New Yorker to join me in signing up for their own IDNYC, a proud badge of residency in the greatest city on the globe,” Adams said.

The new ID will grant New Yorkers — particularly those who were previously forced to live in the shadows — access to a number of civic, cultural and financial benefits and institutions.

Those benefits include the ability to open bank accounts, as well as discounts on prescription drugs and groceries.

The card will also be accepted as a proper form of identification by the New York Police Department.

With no questions regarding immigration status or residency and the ability to self-proclaim one’s gender, the card has been promoted as particularly beneficial to the immigrant, homeless and the LGBT communities throughout the city.

But Cumbo, a longtime supporter of the arts, reiterated that signing up for a card holds benefits for all New Yorkers of any background.

“Among its many other benefits, IDNYC is a resource that will allow New Yorkers to discover or rediscover our city’s cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum at no additional cost,” she said.

For more information on IDNYC, which is available to all city residents age 14 and over, New Yorkers can go to nyc.gov/IDNYC or call 311.

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