More than 13,000 babies are born to teen-age mothers in New York City each year, and they need more effective services to make a go of life, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi said Thursday.
He said 13,674 teens gave birth in 1993, according to latest figures, and that more than 1,300 of them were 15 or younger. More than 400 were 14 or below.
"We must help teen-agers -- especially very young girls -- learn to delay having children," he said. "We must do everything possible to see that teen parents stay in school."
Hevesi is the new chairman of the Citywide Task force on Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents.
He told a news conference at City Hall he will use his office to help carry out task force proposals to coordinate programs for pregnant and parenting teens.
A report by the task force said there are at least 26,000 teen parents in the city. About half are enrolled in school, but there are only 700 school-based child-care slots.