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Lowey Urges: Fill Out the Census

In just ten minutes, you can help every resident, every school, every transportation system, and even our local economic recovery.

By completing the questionnaire you received last month from the U.S. Census Bureau, you can help ensure our densely-populated region receives the federal resources to maintain and improve our quality of life.

This critical, confidential data is used by the federal government to apportion more than $400 billion each year. Accurate data will help New York and the lower Hudson Valley get the resources we need to undertake projects like hospitals, schools, senior centers, job training centers, and emergency services. Census data are also used to allocate funds for job-creating infrastructure projects like construction of roads, bridges, and tunnels.

Without an accurate count, our community will suffer. An under-count may result in our school districts receiving less federal funding for nutrition and education programs, less access to federally-supported community health centers, and fewer infrastructure projects that create jobs.

In addition to its impact on allocation of federal funding, the Census determines the level of representation – and influence – our state has in Congress. Our state lost two seats in Congress after the last Census, and many are concerned that New York will lose two more.

New York just can’t risk being undercounted. For example, federal homeland security investments are critical to our high-risk area for first responder communications, radiological detection, and transportation security. And, we are affected more than any other state by tax policies that penalize high cost-of-living areas, like the Alternative Minimum Tax. We need an accurate count of families, individuals, and businesses to maintain adequate representation to fight for our priorities in Congress.

Some irregularities have been reported with Census forms sent out several weeks ago, with addresses listing incorrect municipalities for some residents of Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Pelham, and Sleepy Hollow, and I am working with Census officials to correct this. Even if your municipality is listed incorrectly on the form, please complete and return it – Census officials assure me your response will be tallied correctly based on the bar code on your return form, not the city in your address.

Please know the Census takes rigorous steps to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of respondents, and responses are used for statistical purposes only.

Don’t forget to mail your completed Census form by April 15th. Just ten minutes of your time today could help improve our community for many years to come.

For more information about the importance of the U.S. Census, please click here or visit my website, www.lowey.house.gov.

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