Solution for Good Government: Expand services and information available in multiple languages from City agencies.Submitted by kallos on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 12:01pm
With people from over 200 countries living here, New York City’s diversity is a great asset, economically and culturally. Film-maker Ric Burns, in his public television series "New York," has written that “New York City is a continuing experiment to see if all the peoples of the world can live together in one small place.” Though we may all live together, we don’t all speak the same language. The 1990 census reported that 35 percent of New Yorkers’ native language is not English. City government has an obligation to serve these residents, and should do it in a language they understand. That’s why we must expand the availability of City services and information, both printed and electronic, in multiple languages.