Solution for Technology: Save money and the environment while making government accessible to the disabled and non-English speaking communities by providing for certain mandatory government notices in optional electronic format and the language of your ch

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Issue: 
Technology
Solution: 
Save money and the environment while making government accessible to the disabled and non-English speaking communities by providing for certain mandatory government notices in optional electronic format and the language of your choice.
Explanation: 

Many of our public notice laws were written generations ago when the best way to share information was through the mail or radio, long before television, the telephone or even the Internet. As new communication technologies have appeared, they have lowered communication costs and improved access to information for non-English speakers and the disabled. Like many of you, my family has opted into getting paperless banking statements, which allows the bank to save on the cost of printing and postage, and the world is a little greener from the reduced waste. But why can't we do the same for City government? New Yorkers should be able to call 311 or go to My.NYC.GOV and sign up to receive certain government notices in the language of their choosing by first class mail, electronic mail, or even over the phone, choosing one, a few, or even all of the options. Many people, including my family, non-English speakers, and many in the disabled community, would prefer to get notices electronically and in our preferred language, saving the City printing and postage costs while creating a Greener City.

Source: 
Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, "Change for New York: 100 Ideas for a Better City," 2009.
Organization: 
Mark Green for New York Public Advocate

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