PATERSON, NJ - A city program that provides municipal identification cards to local residents will be relaunched under a proposal brought before the Paterson City Council on Tuesday.

The cards, 6th Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz told TAPinto Paterson, are meant to be “a functional tool to allow undocumented individuals to more openly integrate into the community and contribute to the economy.”

According to the resolution reauthorizing the program first launched under the Administration of former Mayor Jose ‘Joey’ Torres, 4,391 cards have been issued to date. If approved by the council the program will continue through the conclusion of Mayor Andre Sayegh’s current term, June 30, 2022.

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“The identification cards create opportunities to open bank accounts, find housing, and use city programs such as hospitals and libraries,” Abdelaziz said.

Expected to be approved at the council’s October 10 meeting, the fee for the cards is set to increase to $15 for residents over 18 years old. While cards for senior citizens and children will continue to cost $10 and those seeking to replace a lost, stolen, or misplaced card being charged $10.

This story has been corrected from an earlier version to reflect that the replacement cost of lost, stolen, or misplaced cards will remain $10 after Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms objected to the proposed increase. 


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