Cuomo Announces Census Council

Cuomo proposes $10 million to ensure fair count of every New Yorker

Tom Puckett
January 20, 2020 - 2:54 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo/AP Photo

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Albany, NY (WBEN) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a new Census Council will oversee outreach and other efforts to make sure the upcoming Census counts as many New Yorkers as possible. The Democrat announced Monday that Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lucy Liu and Martin Luther King III have been tapped to co-chair the new council.

He says the council will hold conferences and work in hard-to-reach communities to make sure they're counted.

Cuomo says he also plans to propose another $10 million for the state's Census efforts in this year's budget, which if approved would bring state funding efforts up to $70 million.

"As this federal administration continues to disenfranchise immigrant communities and use every means possible to stop them from filling out this year's Census questionnaire, we are taking aggressive actions to ensure every single New Yorker is counted," Governor Cuomo said. "This new council will lead the charge coordinating stakeholders so we can reach our most difficult to count communities and help ensure New York is accurately represented and gets the federal funding we need and deserve."

"Being counted in the Census may well be second only to voting when it comes to citizen action in the Democrat process," said Martin Luther King III. "Unfortunately, people of color are the ones most often undercounted, which leads to negative consequences for their communities. I am proud to work with Governor Cuomo to ensure every New Yorker, even those that are hardest to reach, is counted in the 2020 Census."

"I am proud to work with Governor Cuomo, Lin Manuel Miranda and Martin Luther King III to be part of the Census Council, which will raise awareness in all communities and encourage every New Yorker to participate in the 2020 Census," said Lucy Liu. "The Census only happens every ten years, and it is essential we are doing all we can as a State to make sure every single New Yorker is counted and our State is fairly represented at the federal level. "

"Representation matters and is vital for the fair allocation of federal funds to all of our communities," said Lin-Manuel Miranda. "I want to thank Governor Cuomo for creating the Census Council and as co-chair, I encourage my neighbors to stand up and be counted and I hope that everyone across the nation will do the same. We're at the start of a new decade and an accurate census makes a huge difference to all of us."

The New York State Complete Count Commission was created to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the 2020 Census. The Commission analyzed previous Census undercounts and recommended ways to ensure a full and complete count for the 2020 Census.

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