As we are all preoccupied with how we will get through this global pandemic, there is another pressing issue that directly affects our ability to respond to future health emergencies. Today, April 1, is Census 2020 Day, and I am writing to strongly encourage each of you to complete theÂ 2020 census.
At this crucial juncture in combatting the spread of the coronavirus, the importance of being counted cannot be overstated. Every person who responds to the census represents a set dollar amount that is allocated toward his or her communityâ€™s fair share of resources. Undercounting the number of people who actually live in a community means that residents do not receive adequate funding from the federal government.
Simply put, the more New Yorkers who complete the census, the more money New York will get for schools, housing, roads, bridges, hospitals, senior centers, and more.
By completing the census, you will also be helping to ensure that New York has the maximum possible representation in Congress. We are one of 10 states on the cusp of losing a seat in the House of Representatives due to declining population.
A reminder that:
WeÂ have only one chance a decade to get this right. You can complete the censusÂ online, by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. The census is only 10 questions, takes about 10 minutes, and will shape New York City’s future for the next 10 years.Â Complete the censusÂ right now â€” and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Rudolph F. Crew, Ed. D.
COURAGE. STRENGTH. FORTITUDE