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New York is Committed to a Full Count in the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population — or census — every ten years to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually.

As outlined here, New York State is committed to ensuring a full count of all New Yorkers. The State has dedicated resources and expertise to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and identify the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census.

New Yorkers’ fair share of federal funds for programs essential to health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, as well as our political representation in Washington, all depends on an accurate and fully-counted census response.

We will continue to work together — local governments, community agencies, and you, the people of the great state of New York — to make sure every New Yorker is counted in 2020.

NYS Complete Count Commission Events

The NYS Complete Count Commission is holding public hearings across the state to gain public input and hear from Census experts and advocates.

The current hearing schedule is below. More events may be added in the future.

March 4, 2019: WATCH: Rochester City Hall (Rochester)

March 11, 2019: WATCH: Hostos Community College (Bronx)

March 20, 2019: WATCH: SUNY Sullivan (Loch Sheldrake)

April 12, 2019: WATCH: Suffolk County Legislature - William J. Lindsay County Complex - William H. Rogers Building (Smithtown)

April 18, 2019: WATCH: Waterfront Elementary/PS 95 Auditorium (Buffalo)

April 26, 2019: WATCH: Utica State Office Building (Utica)

May 1, 2019: Queens Borough Hall (Queens)

May 7, 2019: WATCH: Rockefeller Institute of Government (Albany)

May 22, 2019: Adirondack Park Agency (Ray Brook)

Presentations, documents and testimonies.

The New York State Complete Count Commission

The bipartisan Complete Count Commission was created to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census.

What You Need to Know

Building Framework

Learn what NYS has already done to get ready for the Census, including completion of the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) and a comprehensive review of address data. 

How the Census Works for You

All census information gathered is confidential. Data is used to determine where funding for housing, health care & education is spent. Learn how the census impacts you and your community.

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Timeline

Winter - Spring 2019

Complete Count Commission established & begins work. Hearings are held across state; Hard-to-count populations are identified; Comprehensive plans organized.

Spring - Summer 2019

Complete Count Commission issues recommendations. Outreach & media campaigns to promote participation are finalized.

Fall 2019-2020

Census staff mobilized, outreach & media campaigns commence. In December 2020, the final census results will be delivered to the President.

STAY INFORMED

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