Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan received a major set-back Friday in his fight to unite America under one language.
Lonegan had proposed to make English the official language of the borough. The resolution to put the question on the November ballot was passed last week by a 4-2 vote of the borough council.
But Lonegan’s victory was short-lived. Bergen County Clerk Kathleen Donovan decided not to put the question on the November ballot. In a legal opinion by attorney John Carbone, the clerk’s office stated that ballot questions may only address issues that municipalities may act upon. Declaring an official language falls under the jurisdiction of the federal or state governments.
Lonegan, as one would expect, is not giving up the fight just yet.
“I’m going to take this all the way” through the court system, Lonegan said. “This is a gross violation of our right to vote.”
Does using the tax-payers time and money to pursue this in the courts contradict Lonegan’s small-government-conservative ideals?