Time Is Running Out—Gov. Cuomo Must Act Now to Prevent an Undercount

Community Based Organizations Call on Cuomo to Implement Complete Count Commission’s Recommendations and Quickly Allocate Funds for Census Outreach

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the New York State Complete Count Commission released its final report offering recommendations for ensuring a complete and accurate Census count in 2020, which will now be transmitted to the Governor for review. During the hearing, commissioners emphasized the importance of Governor Cuomo’s expeditious implementation of the recommendations, including a baseline $20 million investment to maximize participation of hard-to-count communities.

Representatives from community based organizations who testified at the hearing also noted that the Governor must act quickly and create an RFP process for the allocation of funds to CBOs to ensure timely receipt of essential financial support for Census education and outreach efforts, especially in rural areas and upstate New York.

“Governor Cuomo has been dragging his feet on the Census for over six months, but time is running out. The fact is that with less than six months to go towards Census Day 2020, today's report and Commission hearing still lacked any concrete ideas or process about how the $20 million he's allocated will be distributed. His inaction will have negative, far-reaching ramifications for New Yorkers across the state for the next ten years. Our political power and the quality of our schools, our hospitals, and our infrastructure are on the line. We cannot afford to wait any longer–Gov. Cuomo must allocate money to trusted community partners who can reach hard-to-count communities upstate and in rural areas who are at greatest risk of an undercount in Census 2020 to preserve New York’s political and financial future, the way that California and many other states have already done,” said Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and facilitator of New York Counts 2020.  

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