Bratton Cautions on Proposed ID Card

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City’s top cop says he has concerns about whether a proposed municipal identification card would be secure against abuse.

William Bratton said he supports the idea of the card, which was warmly embraced by his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, but is primarily worried about its implementation.

“As in all things,” he said Thursday, “the devil is going to be in the details.”

A City Council committee held a hearing Wednesday on the ID, the first legislative step in the city’s drive to introduce the card.

“For me, this ID will change my life,” testified Esther Sanchez, who said she has three autistic children and has had difficulty picking them up at school because she doesn’t have identification that school officials will accept.

Batya Miller said she’ll use the card because she has no driver’s license. She recently tried to return an item at a clothing store but the store wouldn’t accept any identification she carried.

“As a non-driver, I really look forward to receiving a New York City ID,” she said.

Officials hope to have the card in place by the end of the year.