NEW YORK — New York City’s residents have been asked to fill out the 2020 Census as Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the city could potentially lose billions of dollars for critical programs.
The mayor reminded New Yorkers Wednesday that the census will “determine the future of New York City.”
NYC’s census response rate is only at 53%, according to the mayor.
Filling out the census would help determine what level of representation the city gets at Congress and how much federal aid the city will receive for important programs and agencies, including public transit and education.
“Billions of dollars are hanging in the balance,” the mayor said.
De Blasio also criticized the president and federal government over lack of support to New Yorkers and people in need of assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We would’ve wanted federal support and federal devotion to truth, but in too many cases we’ve seen federal interference with our census,” he said, in response to the President Donald Trump signing a memorandum that attempts to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when U.S. congressional lines are redistricted following the 2020 census.
Mayor de Blasio said Trump is making it harder for people to participate in filling out the census, in another effort to “inflame and divide people.”
However, the mayor said NYC is fighting back, and urged everyone to fill out the census, which is 10 questions and will take about 10 minutes to complete.
De Blasio reassured New Yorkers they will not be for their Social Security Number, immigration status, income, and tax history.
In an attempt to get more New Yorkers counted, NYC is hosting a Week of Action from July 27 to Aug. 1.