Advocates rally for census funding in NY state budget

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FILE – This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats […]

Advocacy groups are pushing the Cuomo administration to ensure that New York state residents are fully counted in next year’s federal census.

The New York Immigration Coalition held a rally Tuesday with lawmakers at the Capitol to urge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include $40 million in census funding in his state budget proposal. The money would be used for census outreach strategies to ensure an accurate count.

Advocates say undercounting the state’s population can result in losing billions in federal government aid.

Tuesday’s rally comes a day after the state Complete Count Commission, appointed in January, held the first in a series of public hearings on the census.

Cuomo’s office says funds for the census will made available, but a specific amount hasn’t been released.

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