Every ten years, the US Census Bureau works to count every person residing in the United States. The information collected helps inform the federal government on many important political, economic, and social decisions including the allocation of funding, legislative redistricting, and congressional representation.
In previous Census counts, New York State has been undercounted, resulting in the loss of tens of billions in federal funding for hospitals, public schools, transportation, emergency services, and more. Following the 2010 Census, New York lost two congressional seats.
Despite this pattern of undercounting, the federal government this time has cut the Census Bureau budget, reduced the number of field offices, focused on the use of online forms (though not everyone has internet access), and proposed the addition of a citizenship question.
Now is the time to get involved to be sure our communities are fully counted. Local outreach through libraries, schools, houses of worship, and other places of trust will be most effective. My office has developed this toolkit to help you learn more about the 2020 Census and take action in your communities. If we can be of any assistance or answer questions, please feel free to contact my office.