Group: NJ's Superstorm Site Deficient in Spanish

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 8:10 PM EDT
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Group: NJ's Superstorm Site Deficient in Spanish

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A Latino rights group is calling on New Jersey officials to make quick changes to the Spanish-language version of the state's Superstorm Recovery information website, saying it doesn't have the same information as the English version.

The Latino Action Network sent a letter Tuesday to state Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable to point out the problems with renewjerseystronger.org, which gives details of programs for those affected by last year's storm.

For instance, the Spanish-language version did not have any detail about how to appeal decisions on one major grant program, and it contained an out-of-date physical address for an office in Newark.

Those problems were there when the website was accessed Wednesday afternoon.

The Latino Action Network, a group that deals in political, economic and other issues, said the shortcomings violate federal law.

The group demanded that the complete information be provided on the site within a week, that the state notify the federal government of the issue, that deadlines are extended for anyone led astray by the information and that Spanish speakers affected by Sandy be notified. The group also wants a monitor to ensure the agency gives full and accurate information to Spanish speakers.

A DCA spokeswoman said the agency was looking into the issues raised by the group, and would take immediate action if warranted.

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