ELM CITY RESIDENT CARD PROGRAM NAMED IN TEN BEST POLICIES OF 2007
(12/17/2007) NEW HAVEN- The Drum Major Institute recently released its report on the “Ten Best Public Policies of 2007” as part of their annual “Year in Review.” Listed as number three in the Institute’s report, the program is referenced as “a reasonable voice” that “achieves unexpected potency.”
The Drum Major Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank generating the ideas that fuel the progressive movement. The Year in Review, issued December 13, outlines what the Institute considers to be the ten best and ten worst public policies throughout the nation. Accompanying the Elm City Resident Card program on the ten best list is San Francisco’s mandate requiring at least five days of paid sick time for employees working within the city limits to care for themselves or for family members. New York City’s work on sustainable development and Washington D.C.’s Voting Rights Act also made the top ten list.
“This is a great distinction for New Haven and for the Elm City Resident Card program,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This program represents our commitment to achieving unity and a strong sense of community in New Haven. By implementing this program everyone residing in our City can have an identity and a voice. We’ve achieved a great response to this program having already issued more than 4,800 cards in less than 5 months.”
The Elm City Resident Card provides residents with access to basic City services as well as privileges at the New Haven Public Library amongst a number of other benefits. The card, the first of its scope in the nation, is available to all New Haven residents and can be obtained at the Office of New Haven Residents located on the first floor of City Hall. The card also contains a Parcxmart feature which functions like a debit card and can be used to make purchases at more than 50 participating merchants throughout the City and to pay for time at municipal parking meters.
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