Register for a Public Comment Slot

The NYS Complete Count Commission has announced public hearings across the state to gain public input and hear from Census experts and advocates. The hearings are free, open to the public and press. 

The events will include presentations to the Commission from experts, as well as testimony from the public during the later part of each hearing on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Each public speaker's comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. As a convenience, the Commission is premitting individuals wishing to testify to pre-register for a single three-minute speaking slot. To pre-register for a three-minute speaking slot, please fill out the below form.

NOTE: The pre-registration period for each event ends at 5 p.m. the day before the event. 

Depending on the number of pre-registration slots taken, additional three-minute speaking slots may be available day-of on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • If testifying, please bring 12 copies of your written testimony to the event, or email an electronic version to [email protected].
  • Priority in seating and speaking will be given to those who pre-registered. Seating and speaking order will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and as determined by event staff.
  • No substitutions of speaker slots or testimony to be read on behalf of another individual is permitted. If an individual who registered is unable to attend or must leave before their name is called to testify, we will accept their written testimony. 
  • All attendees are expected to respect those testifying and the Commission panel. No heckling, abusive or threatening behavior or interruptions will be tolerated.
  • Please come to the front row when your name is called.
  • When testifying:
  1. Give written testimony to the panel (if available).
  2. Begin testimony when the light turns green.
  3. Those testifying will get a yellow warning llight when 30 seconds remain for their allotted time.
  4. Testimonies will end once the light blinks red, indicating that the three-minute allotment has expired.