senate Bill S1037

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes NYCHA survey of housing developments to determine the percentage of non-English proficient residents, requires language assistance programs

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to housing, construction and community development
Jan 09, 2013 referred to housing, construction and community development

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S1037 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A838
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Housing
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2701A, A5960
2009-2010: S4459, A7916

S1037 - Summary

Authorizes the New York City Housing Authority to conduct a survey of housing developments under its control for the purpose of determining the percentage of non-English proficient residents in such developments and requiring the institution of language assistance programs at public housing developments at which more than ten percent of the residents do not speak English.

S1037 - Sponsor Memo

S1037 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1037

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. SERRANO, STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing,
  Construction and Community Development

AN ACT to authorize the New York city housing  authority  to  conduct  a
  survey  of  housing  developments under its control for the purpose of
  determining the percentage of non-English proficient residents in such
  developments and requiring institution of language assistance programs
  at public housing developments at which more than ten percent  of  the
  residents do not speak English

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Not later than January 1, 2015, and every three years ther-
eafter, the New York city housing authority shall conduct  a  survey  of
each  public  housing  development  under  its  control to determine the
percentage of residents in each development who are  not  proficient  in
English  and  ascertain the languages in which such residents are profi-
cient. If more than ten percent of the residents of a given  development
are  non-English  proficient, the development shall establish a language
assistance program where non-English  proficient  residents  would  have
effective access to communicate with development supervisors and person-
nel  in  a  language  in  which  they are proficient. This program shall
include, but not be limited to:
  a. employing a minimum  of  one  person  proficient  in  one  or  more
languages spoken by the non-English proficient residents of the develop-
ment,  so as to ensure that every resident of the development has access
to at least one staff member who speaks at least one language spoken  by
such resident;
  b.   considering  proficiency  in  one  or  more  of  the  non-English
language(s) spoken at the development as a major criterion in the hiring
process;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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