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Final Methodology for Poll Site Language Assistance Program

In compliance with the NYC Charter deadline, the New York City Civic Engagement Commission (NYCCEC) is posting the Methodology for the Poll Site Language Assistance Program, which provides interpretation services at poll sites. The methodology outlines the process for identifying program eligible languages and poll sites in which interpretation services will be offered. The methodology will be used to deliver interpretation services in November 2020 for the general election and all general, primary, and special elections going forward. The NYCCEC will also review the data annually, and update the methodology on or before September 1, 2022, and at least every five years thereafter. The language assistance provided through this Program will supplement the language assistance already provided by the NYC Board of Elections.

The NYCCEC accepted public comments until March 1,2020; it also held a public hearing on February 18, 2020. The recording and transcript of the hearing are available here on the NYCCEC website. While this methodology integrates responses to public comments, an additional FAQ document also summarizes key comments received and the NYCCEC's responses.

Methodology - Poll Site Language Assistance Program
Methodology - Poll Site Language Assistance Program (Word Accessible Version)

FAQ: Methodology - Poll Site Language Assistance Program
FAQ: Methodology - Poll Site Language Assistance Program (Word Accessible Version)

Proposed Methodology for Poll Site Language Assistance Program

The New York City Civic Engagement Commission (NYCCEC) is proposing a methodology for language assistance at poll sites. The methodology explains how the NYCCEC will identify the languages and poll sites in which interpretation services will be offered during the November 2020 election and beyond. These services will supplement the language assistance already provided by NYC Board of Elections (NYCBOE). The public comment period is open from January 1, 2020 to March 1, 2020. The public hearing will be held on February 18, 2020. All are welcome to comment in person, online, or by email.

Proposed Methodology - Poll Site Interpretation Program
Proposed Methodology - Poll Site Interpretation Program (Word Accessible Version)
عربى (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bangla) | 中文 (Chinese) | Français (French) | Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Polskie (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | Español (Spanish) | اردو ( Urdu) | ייִדיש (Yiddish)

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Apply to Serve on Your Community Board

Community Boards are essential to the fabric of democracy in New York City. They impact how your community is seen and heard, on issues that affect your neighborhood—from housing to school infrastructure to recycling.

Community boards are only as strong as their members. Informed, civically engaged members who represent the diversity of New Yorkers will help make community boards more responsive, fair, and inclusive of the communities they serve. Your unique voice in your community—as a mother of young children, a transportation advocate, or local teacher—helps community boards be more representative.

The 2019 Borough Presidents' reports on community board demographics revealed that there are hundreds of vacancies across New York City's 59 community boards. As Borough Presidents' offices begin accepting applications, consider volunteering your time to your community board. Your participation ensures the voice of your community is reflected in city's planning and budgeting process.

To join your community board, you must live, work, or have another interest within your district. The process involves an application through your Borough President's office and an interview. You may also apply to serve on your community board through your Council Member. Each term is 2-years and typically involves one board meeting a month and monthly sub-committee meetings.

Find your community board and get involved!

To apply to serve on your board, click on your borough name to go directly to the application:

The Bronx Due: February 7, 2020
Brooklyn Due: February 14, 2020
Manhattan Due: January 21, 2020
Queens Due: January 31, 2020
Staten Island Due: Rolling Deadline

For more information, please contact:

Lydia Dal Nogare
ldalnogare@civicengagement.nyc.gov
646-769-2218

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission seeks an artist

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission (NYCCEC) seeks an artist to support its efforts in generating nonconventional ways to empower the public to be heard and connect their own voices and needs to meaningful participation. The selected artist will have the opportunity to energize local communities by identifying themes that deeply resonate and inspire residents to make desired changes at a local level, empower leadership, and reach out and pull in traditionally underserved communities.

Applications are due March 29, 2020 via nyculture.submittable.com

The Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) is seeking volunteers to serve on the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC)

LAAC members will play an important role in developing and implementing the CEC's poll site language assistance program. Volunteers with a passion and commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers are able to exercise the right to vote are strongly encouraged to apply!

If interested, please review LAAC member responsibilities and the criteria for selection below prior to completing the application. The CEC is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

LAAC member responsibilities and criteria for selection
LAAC application

The application period for the Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) is now closed. The CEC will be notifying applicants of the status of their application by early November.