decennial U.S. Census near, we must encourage everyone to
participate. The census is used to determine representation in
Congress and federal aid to local and state government programs
and operations, including funding for schools, hospitals and
transportation, and is mandated by the U.S.
Your participation in the census is required
by law, and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Census data
are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make
decisions about what community services to provide, and to
distribute $400 billion in federal funds to local, state, and
tribal governments each year.
Census data is used to make
important decisions in the areas of jobs, economic development,
affordable housing, health care and education. For every New
Yorker counted in the 2000 census, the federal government spends
nearly $2,000 a year, a decisive amount.
your representation in state and local government, and is used to
define legislature districts, school district assignment areas,
and other important functional areas of government. It defines us
as a nation. Data about changes in our community are crucial to
many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the
elderly, where to build new roads and schools, or where to locate
job training centers.
We must work with all city, state
and federal leaders to make sure everyone is counted so our
communities receive our fair share. The census forms will arrive
in the mail next March, and every one should fill it out and
return it. It's safe, quick, and you will be helping yourself and
the entire community.
The 2000 U.S. Census failed to count
hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and there are neighborhoods
and areas right here in our backyards where large numbers of
people were not counted in the past, which has robbed us of our
fair share of federal resources.
Case workers only visit
households that do not mail back census forms. Information
collected is confidential and is not shared with law enforcement,
immigration, welfare or any government agency, and filling out a
form doesn't increase a person's chances of being picked for jury