File #: Int 0026-2006    Version: * Name: Translation of all content on the city’s official website.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Technology in Government
On agenda: 2/1/2006
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the charter of the city of New York, in relation to the translation of all content on the city’s official website.
Sponsors: Eric N. Gioia, Lewis A. Fidler, Helen D. Foster, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, John C. Liu, Melissa Mark-Viverito, David I. Weprin, Rosie Mendez
Council Member Sponsors: 9

Int. No. 26


By Council Members Gioia, Fidler, Foster, James, Koppell, Liu, Mark-Viverito, Weprin and Mendez


A Local Law to amend the charter of the city of New York, in relation to the translation of all content on the city’s official website.


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section One. Legislative declaration.


Access to information about the workings of and services provided by city government is the right of all taxpayers and residents of the city of New York. One of the most important ways city government provides information about its workings and the services it provides is the official city website. The website offers information about elected officials, news and updates regarding city agencies and services, more than 400 online forms to access public services and many other important features.

All of this information is currently accessible only in English. Because as many New Yorkers as possible should have the ability to access this vital resource, it is critical that the website be made accessible to non-English speakers. There are approximately 170 languages spoken in New York City. The city’s own website should reflect this diversity. Other major American cities, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston, have already made their websites accessible to non-English speakers.

The Council finds that by translating the city’s website into languages other than English, many more people from the city’s non-English-speaking communities will be able to participate in their democracy and will be able to take advantage of the benefits and services to which they are entitled by law.

                     §2.  Section 1072 of the charter of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision q, and by amending subdivisions o and p, to read as follows:

                     o. to institute procedures to assure restrictions of access to information to the appropriate individuals, where such restrictions is required by law; (and)

p. to perform such other responsibilities with respect to information technology and telecommunications matters, including responsibilities delegated elsewhere by the charter, as the mayor shall direct; and

q. provide that all content that is posted in English on the official city website is also available online in a manner easy to locate for persons of limited English proficiency in at least every covered language as defined by section 8-1002 of the administrative code of the city of New York.

                     §3.  This law shall take effect six (6) months after the date of enactment.



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