Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York state agencies will start providing free interpretation and document translation services for any person who needs it.
This, he said, was decided because there are approximately two and a half million people living in the Big Apple who don’t speak English as their primary language.
The executive order requires agencies to provide, without charge, interpreter services and translators in the most common languages spoken in New York, including Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French and French Créole.
Among the state agencies which will provide such services are the following: the Office of Children and Family Services, the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Department of Labor, the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Department of Correctional Services & Community Supervision, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Participating organizations indicated that this initiative will be of great benefit to all of New York, including undocumented Mexicans, Russians and Italians, who don’t know the language of the land of the stars and stripes.