Census Bureau, Gov. Cuomo push census count to meet Sept. 30 deadline

by Jay Domingo, PDM Staff Writer

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NEW YORK – The deadline to the 2020 Census is coming up, and its sooner than you may think. The last day to get your survey in is now September 30th. The U.S. Census Bureau made this change to meet the deadline of when they need to report numbers to the White House.

As part of New York’s Census Push Week, which kicked off last week, the Office for New Americans is continuing to host a Census Hotline Phone Event today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the Census.

“The Census gives New Yorkers the chance to profoundly affect our state’s future, and since federal funding and representation in Congress are determined by the Census count, it’s absolutely critical that every New Yorker is counted and that residents are informed that Census responses, regardless of the respondents’ immigration or citizenship status, are confidential, safe and secure,” Governor Cuomo said. “There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has presented unprecedented obstacles to completing the Census. However, the pandemic also highlights a key reason why the Census is so vital—New York State continues to seek substantial funding and aid from the federal government. I urge every New Yorker to complete the Census, and remember, New York State can help if you encounter any issues along the way.”

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The Governor also announced the State is working with ABNY to promote ‘Take 10 Minutes at 10′ on August 10 to help generate participation in the Census. As part of ‘Friends and Family Day’ the State will use social media to call on New Yorkers to text or call 10 people and remind them to complete the Census. The ’10 Minutes at ’10 push encourages businesses, unions and organizations to have their employees complete the Census on August 10.

The State has been focused on raising awareness for the census for the last two years, including with the launch of the Complete Count Commission which held a series of 12 public hearings and roundtables across the state last year, raising awareness in the process, and produced a report outlining the steps forward to reach, in particular, the hardest to count communities.

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Using the Commission’s report as a guideline, the state developed plans for a campaign that included direct outreach to hard to count communities and leveraged the resources of nearly every state agency. In January, the Governor officially kicked off a campaign to raise census awareness, hosting the State’s first census conference where community stakeholders met with administration officials to learn how they could partner with the state to support a complete count.

A few weeks later, the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state, making it dangerous to undertake outreach and limiting the reach of State agencies. At the same time, the state’s finances were disrupted by the pandemic as the State went from projecting a near 7 percent increase in revenue to a 14 percent decline, and the federal government has taken no action to help states offset this loss. Recognizing these difficulties across the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau delayed the census filing deadline to the end of September from July.

Meanwhile, starting August 6, census takers will begin interviewing households in areas managed by the following area census offices: Bronx (2 locations), Brooklyn (3 locations), Manhattan (2 locations), Queens (4 locations), and Staten Island.

The majority of census offices across the country will begin follow-up work on August 11.

Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.

What Households Can Expect
The Census Bureau will provide face masks to census takers and requires that census takers wear a mask while conducting their work. They will follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit. Census takers took a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

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Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

If no one is home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. People are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau Director, said it will continue to work on meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13880 issued July 11, 2019 and the Presidential Memorandum issued July 21, 2020. A team of experts are examining methodologies and options to be employed for this purpose. The collection and use of pertinent administrative data continues.

According to Dillingham, to date, 93 million households, nearly 63 percent of all households in the Nation, have responded to the 2020 Census. In the last census, the Census Bureau showed the resident population of the U.S. on April 1, 2010, at 308,745,538. This represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906. New York’s population in 2010 was 19,378,102. Filipino registered residents in New York in 2018 was 141,640.

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