Interpreter

Hector Reyes

I’m retired from law enforcement, and now I work as an interpreter. Various agencies hire me for jobs that last anywhere from one to eight hours.

I enjoy this work, because it lets me have more time to spend with my family. I need to make more money than my pension affords me, as I have just finished putting two sons through college and have another one who is a junior in college. This work allows me to make more money than a regular job would, while at the same time it gives me the flexibility to spend more time with my family than my previous job ever allowed me to do.

What will happen if S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) is enacted: I think it would kill my job, as the various agencies cannot possibly afford to hire so many interpreters as employees. At the very best, it would drive wages down in a remarkable fashion. I would certainly have to leave the state or work exclusively in New York City. I believe it would be worse for interpreters who have small agencies that are made up of themselves and another handful of interpreters who help them from time to time. They would never be able to hire anyone as employees.

What I want lawmakers to know: You appear to be trying to protect some workers, but in attempting to do so, you are destroying the jobs of many others. I believe that a simple look at the negative consequences of this bill, in its current form, should be enough for you to at the very least slow down the process and amend, if not altogether, kill this horribly conceived legislation.