City of Buffalo prepares for 2020 census

Public meeting on census information to be held Thursday

Mike Baggerman
April 17, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Buffalo Mayor Brown raises awareness for 2020 census. April 17, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – City of Buffalo officials are preparing for the 2020 census and announced they’ll hold a public hearing in Buffalo on Thursday night to answer questions about the census.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown held a press conference on Wednesday to give public awareness to the census, which will be the first to rely heavily on online responses.

“This data will help us determine our congressional representation,” Mayor Brown said. “At the last census period ten years ago, the State of New York actually lost congressional seats because our population went down. We want to make sure nothing like that happens again in the upcoming census.”

Mayor Brown also said it’s important that everyone is accounted for because of the federal funding involved. He said that because the statewide population decreased, New York also lost federal funding.

“The census bureau will never ask for your entire social security number,” Jessica Lazarin, Director of the City of Buffalo Office of New Americans, said. “Already, the census bureau is reporting that various scams are turning up in various parts of the country.”

The “Buffalo Count Us In 2020 Committee” will be on hand at Thursday’s hearing, which will take place at Waterfront Elementary at 5 p.m.

Information about the census can be found by visiting census.gov or by visiting the City of Buffalo website.

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