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In 1996, Giuliani Said Of Measure Recognizing English As Official Language: “There’s No Reason To Pass A Bill Like This Except, Maybe, To Exclude People, Insult People Or Offend People.” “Brushing aside the strong objections of Hispanic groups, the Suffolk County Legislature approved a resolution today that would make English the county’s official language. … Twenty-three states, 41 counties and 15 cities have passed similar measures, and a bill recognizing English as the official national language has been passed by the House of Representatives. A similar measure was defeated in Suffolk in 1989. In New York City, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has consistently opposed such measures. Earlier this month, he remarked, ‘There’s no reason to pass a bill like this except, maybe, to exclude people, insult people or offend people.’” (John Rather, “Legislators Back English As the Official Language,” The New York Times, 8/14/96)