State agencies will provide free language interpretation in six major non-English languages, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The move, Cuomo said, will help New Yorkers better access programs and services. Cuomo last year signed an executive order to make the change.
State agencies now can provide interpretation in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Korean and Haitian Creole — the six non-English languages spoken most by non-English speaking New Yorkers.
Cuomo said that Census data shows that nearly 22 percent of New Yorkers were born outside of the U.S. and almost 30 percent speak a language at home other than English.
“New York State government needs to be able to serve all of its residents no matter what language they speak,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Today our agencies are ready to provide assistance in the foreign languages that are spoken by most non-English speakers in our state. With the implementation of this executive order I am proud to say we are making state government truly work for the many diverse cultures and communities that have made their home in New York.”
Here’s today’s press release in Russian: