September 8, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the 2015 Age-Friendly NYC Commission will be co-chaired by President and CEO of The New Jewish Home, Dr. Audrey Weiner. Her fellow co-chair will be Edward Lewis, co-Founder of Essence Communications.
The Commission grew organically from Age Friendly NYC which was launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, the NYC City Council and the The New York Academy of Medicine. Age-Friendly NYC works closely with City government, businesses, and non-profit sectors, to assure the City is addressing the challenges and leveraging the opportunities posed by a rapidly increasingly population of older New Yorkers in four major areas: community and civic participation, housing, public spaces and transportation, and health and social services.
The Commission is charged with monitoring Age-Friendly NYC’s commitments, identifying best and innovative policies and programs, and providing dynamic and innovative leadership to engage the private and non-profit sectors in changing the culture of New York City to become more inclusive of older people.
Said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With the seating of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, new members will continue this legacy and also identify more opportunities that will make our City into a healthier, safer and more active place in which to grow older.”