JACKSON — A Washington County town has repealed an ordinance designating English its official language and prohibiting officials from writing or speaking in others while conducting municipal business.
The Jackson Town Board’s 4-to-1 vote Wednesday night repeals the measure passed last year. It follows a recent letter from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman saying the ordinance was illegal, discriminating against non-English speakers.
Town Supervisor Alan Brown says there has been criticism from residents of the rural town who felt it was “an unfriendly way to greet strangers” and pressure from outsiders, with Schneiderman’s letter the last straw.
Jackson is 35 miles northeast of Albany.
While some other municipalities have endorsed English as their official language, Jackson got the letter from the attorney general because it prohibited other languages.