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Achieving a Complete 2020 Census Count in New York State

June 11, 2019

April 1, 2020 is Census Day for the next decennial census; the nation’s once-per-decade, constitutionally-mandated count of every  American, regardless of their citizenship status. The decennial census is one of the nation’s most important programs. An accurate and fully counted-counted census response helps determine New Yorkers’ fair share of federal funds for programs essential to health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, as well as our political representation in Washington. Making sure that everyone across the state is counted is easier said than done, but a new report – authored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and underwritten by The New York Community Trust – examines how advocates can ensure a full count despite the difficulties, including an outstanding case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will determine whether or not a citizenship question is included in the census.

“The threats to New York are very real and the impact of an incomplete count would be devastating to communities across our state,” Patricia Swann, senior program officer for the trust, said in a June 4 press release. “We have no time to lose. It’s time for foundations, nonprofits, and donors throughout New York to band together to make sure we are able to achieve a fair and complete count.”

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