The project will translate documents and websites from agencies including social services and motor vehicles into Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French and French Creole. The group New York Lawyers for the Public Interest estimates 2.5 million immigrants in New York require help understanding English. The new initiative includes state workers as translators and translators from a hired service.
Cuomo said state government for too long made immigrants responsible for learning enough English to apply for public services.
“It’s government’s responsibility to figure out how to communicate with the person,” Cuomo said.