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March 17, 2010

DiNapoli Calls on New Yorkers to Participate in Census 2010

Undercounting May Cost New York Hundreds of Millions in Aid, Warns Comptroller

Undercounting New York’s population this year may cost the State hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid over the next decade, according to a new report issued today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. It has been estimated that the 2000 census figures did not count more than 200,000 New Yorkers and will result in estimated losses of $847 million by 2012, DiNapoli said.

"Every New Yorker should make sure they and their families are counted during this year’s census," DiNapoli said. "New York needs it fair share of federal aid and the best way for that to happen is to make sure every New Yorker is counted. An inaccurate count will hurt the City and the State for the next decade."

DiNapoli’s report noted that more than twenty-nine percent of the State’s population lives in hard-to-count communities, and that each undercounted resident costs their community up to $2,900. Undercounted residents tend to be unemployed or low-income workers, undocumented immigrants, the homeless and young children.

All New Yorkers should answer the questionnaire, not just citizens. Individual answers are confidential and the Census Bureau does not share responses with any other government agencies. Census questionnaires should be filled out and returned in their prepaid-postage envelopes by April 1. The questionnaires are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese, and can be picked up at local libraries and post offices.

Click here for a copy of the full report.


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