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Monitoring Implementation of Local Laws

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Monitoring Implementation of Local Laws

Following the adoption of Local Law 73 and Executive Order 120 by the City of New York, the NYIC quickly began a process of monitoring government implementation of the landmark legislation.  Local Law 73 was due to be fully implemented over the course of 2009, whereas Executive Order 120 required all impacted city agencies to provide language services and have a coherent implementation plan in place by January 2009. With the generous support of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the NYIC and Make the Road New York, in partnership with Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York and the South Asian Council for Social Services, surveyed individuals who had interacted with staff of the Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), and New York City Police Department (NYPD) to assess how well government agencies were implementing language access programs.  By monitoring the implementation process, we hoped to identify areas of progress as well as obstacles that have prevented the legal mandates embodied in Local Law 73 and Executive Order 120 from being fully realized.

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