Governor Urges Response to Census

After court decision, deadline is 6 a.m. Friday

Following a federal court decision that allowed the Census Bureau to cut short its counting by two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New York residents to complete the census online before the deadline on Friday (Oct. 16) at 6 a.m.

The census can be completed at my2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020.  

As of Tuesday (Oct. 13), according to Census Bureau data, 66.8 percent of Americans had responded to the census online or by phone or mail, and 63.9 percent of New York residents.

In Putnam County, the response rate was 71.5 percent, and in Dutchess, 66.8 percent.

In Cold Spring, the rate was 74 percent, and in Beacon, 67.1 percent. In Philipstown, the rate was 71.3 percent.

“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 in a statement

The census asks 10 questions: name; the number of people living or staying in the home on April 1, 2020; whether the residence is owned or rented; telephone number (for use by the census bureau only); gender; age; date of birth; Hispanic origin; race; and relationship with other household members. It does not ask for citizenship or immigration status, Cuomo noted.

Under federal law, the Census Bureau cannot release identifiable information about individuals who respond, including to law enforcement agencies.

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