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Language Access

New York City is home to one of the world's most diverse populations, with residents who speak more than 200 languages. Nearly half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home, and almost 25%, or 1.8 million people, are not proficient in English.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Executive Order 120 in 2008. Executive Order 120 created a centralized language access policy for New York City, and requires that all City agencies ensure that members of the public can receive services no matter what languages they speak.

OCME's Language Access Plan outlines how our agency ensures meaningful access to our services as required by Executive Order 120.