Legal Status of official English in New York
New York does not have official English, and it does not allow referenda or voter initiatives.
In 2002, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was elected after promising to scrap the city’s bilingual education programs, but he has since decided to greatly increase support for bilingual education.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN NEW YORK
28 percent of this state’s residents speak a language other than English in their homes.
The most common of these languages are Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and French.
This state has the nation’s highest proportion of speakers of Italian, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Serbo-Croat, Romanian, Bengali, and Malayam.
Nearly one million New Yorkers speak little or no English.
There are over half a million households where noone over 14 years old speaks English.
Most non-English speaking New Yorkers live in New York City, where bilingual education is the favored technique for educating English Language Learners.
|4,962,921||All languages other than English combined|
|2,416,126||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|180,809||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|41,378||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|3,907||Other Native North American languages|