Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New Yorkers are living longer than ever.
The mayor detailed new health stats on Tuesday showing babies born in the city in 2009 have a record-high life expectancy of 80.6 years.
That's an increase of 3 years since 2000 and 2 years better than the most recently reported national average.
Bloomberg and health care officials announced the figures in a maternity ward at a Bronx hospital.
They said anti-smoking initiatives and HIV prevention programs are helping city residents live longer.
The officials said drug-related deaths and the infant mortality rate also have fallen.