With deadline fast approaching, Cuomo urges New Yorkers to fill out Census

Posted 14 October 2020 at 7:39 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded all New Yorkers to complete the Census now. The Census can be completed from home in less than 10 minutes online, by phone or mail. The US Census Bureau recently announced the deadline to complete the Census is this Friday, October 16, at 6 a.m. ET.

“The Census only happens once every 10 years and it’s one of the most important ways New Yorkers can help ensure the state gets the representation and funding we need in Washington,” Cuomo said. “This process profoundly affects our state’s future, and I strongly urge every New Yorker to participate and do it now. As New York continues the fight for aid from the federal government to help us respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, the time is now for New Yorkers to complete the Census.”

Once every decade, the nation conducts the Census, which is a constitutionally mandated count of every American, regardless of their citizenship status. The decennial census is one of the nation’s most important programs.

New Yorkers’ fair share of federal funds for programs essential to health care, education, emergency planning, housing, economic development and transportation, as well as our congressional representation in Washington, all depends on an accurate and fully counted census response.

Four Ways to Respond. There are four ways to respond to the 2020 Census: online, by phone, by mail or in person (with the help of Census taker who will be visiting households which have not yet responded). Click here to complete the Census online or call 1-844-330-2020 to complete the Census by phone. Additional phone numbers for a variety of languages can be found by clicking here. You can also mail in the form you should have received in March from the Census Bureau.

Questions Asked. The Census asks how many people are living in your household as of April 1, 2020. The Census asks just 10 basic questions: name; number of people living or staying in the home on April 1, 2020; whether the residence is owned or rented; telephone number (only to be used if needed for official Census Bureau business); sex; age; date of birth; Hispanic origin; race; and relationship with other household members.

When completing the Census, please note that college students should be counted where they would have been staying on April 1, 2020, even if they went home early due to a Covid-19 school closure or a shift to distance learning.

The Census will never ask for citizenship or immigration status, social security numbers, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party or for your bank or credit card account numbers.

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