NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, NYC Mayor de Blasio announced his executive budget, including a $22 million investment in Census 2020 outreach and education efforts, in addition to $4 million in unspent dollars from the last fiscal year. In response, New York Counts 2020 thanked the Mayor for his leadership and stressed the importance of allocating funding to community-based organizations with strong ties to hard-to-reach populations, particularly in underserved communities. The 200+ member coalition also noted the need for a final budget to include the $40 million being called for, and looks forward to working with both Administration and Council leadership to ensure a full investment.
New York Counts 2020 released the following statement:
“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for his leadership and his $22M investment in Census 2020 outreach and education efforts, and we look forward to an allocation of resources to community-based organizations to reach hard-to-count communities across the five boroughs. But with so much at risk with an undercount and with the uncertainty of the citizenship question, we need $40M to build trust in the communities we serve. We fully anticipate working with the City to ensure that every New Yorker is counted to ensure New York’s fair share of federal funding and congressional representation.”
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