Saturday, October 8, 2011
Government docs to be translated into 6 languages
From the Daily News:
New York State docs will be translated into in six languages -- Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and Créole -- in an effort to make government more accessible to the people, Gov. Cuomo announced in a Red Room presser a short time ago.
"We welcome immigration," said Cuomo, surrounded by officials and immigration activists. "We invite [immigrants] to join the family of New York and we always have, so to the extent we can expedite communication among our family members, that is exactly what we will do."
The executive order requires agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services for vital forms and instructions. The gathered officials said having government information available in a number of languages other than English can be not only helpful but critical in cases such as reporting crimes.
Cuomo, for his part, said the order corrects a long-standing injustice and problem: "Government works for the person. The person does not work for the government."
Some of the funding for the translation services will be provided by the federal government.