In State of Politics, Nick Reisman reports on the effort to move the state forward with Census 2020 efforts. He writes “State lawmakers on Thursday pushed for funding to be made available to help the state ensure a full count in the upcoming 2020 Census.
A letter released by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz’s office and backed by 24 lawmakers in the Assembly, urged the money be allocated soon.
The $20 million set aside for the Census in New York would aid state support efforts, including outreach efforts for community-based organizations, local governments and libraries.”
The letter can be accessed here: Final Sign on Letter to the Governor Regarding Census Funding
Senator Zellnor Myrie also organized a letter to the Governor requesting $4 million of the state’s $20 million census appropriation for Brooklyn. The letter was highlighted by Kelly Mena in an article by the Brooklyn Eagle (an embedded copy of the letter can be found at the bottom of the article).
While a state complete count advisory commission held hearings around the state that were completed in July, the commission has not met since the last hearing. A report is expected some time in the near future making recommendations on how the state’s $20 million should be spent. In the meantime, New York City has just allocated $19 million for community based organizations to promote census outreach efforts.