Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office of New American's has debuted 27 "opportunity centers" that will provide English language training, prepare immigrants for citizenship tests, provide job opportunities, training and access to capital.
There is also a toll-free, multilingual hotline at (800) 566-7636 to guide immigrants to services.
“By establishing the Office for New Americans, we are helping our state live up to the promise of the Lady in our Harbor and ensure that New York remains a land of opportunity for all," Cuomo said in a statement. "New York state and city were built by the working hands of immigrants who traveled thousands of miles to pursue the limitless possibilities of the American Dream. The Office for New Americans builds on this promise and will help harness the strong work ethic and energy of our immigrants so we can reinvigorate our economy, create jobs and reconnect to our state’s rich history of opportunity."
Cuomo noted at a cabinet meeting on Monday that the creating of the opportunity centers shows that New York's policy toward immigrants is opposite of many states that want to drive immigrants away.
New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales echoed Cuomo' sentiments. “Providing access to English language training and other services is vital for the full participation of New Americans in our State’s civic and economic life," he said.