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NYC Mayor de Blasio Addresses Income Equality

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Mayor Bill de Blasio  wants New York City to have the power to raise the minimum wage. De Blasio says he'll ask state lawmakers for that power.

The concept is part of De Blasio's State of the City address, the mayoral equivalent of the President's State of the Union.  His signature goal is fighting the city's widening income inequality gap.

De Blasio also says municipal ID cards will be available to all New York City residents this year — regardless of their immigration status. He says people shouldn't go without a bank account or a lease because they lack an ID.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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