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Public News Service - NY: Census

The census can be completed by mail, online or on the phone by calling 844-330-2020. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Despite the COVID pandemic, the U.S. Census is going on right now. And advocates for people with disabilities are stressing the importance of being counted. The economic impact of the pandemic could mean sharp budget cuts at city, state and federal levels. Margi Trapani, director of ed

Young black and Hispanic children are missed by the census at twice the rate of white children. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Children under five are the largest age group to be missed in the U.S. Census, so children's advocates are making concerted efforts to increase participation this year. The census is supposed to count every person of any age living in the United States. The data not only determines con

Advocates say to get an accurate count, census outreach efforts need to begin by January. (U.S. Census Bureau)

NEW YORK – Now is the time to begin distributing funds for promoting participation in the 2020 census: That's the message immigrants' advocates want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hear. The Trump administration's drive to include a citizenship question on the census created fear that immigrants who par

For the first time, people can apply online for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau. (janeb13/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- The 2020 Census Day is April 1 of next year, but opportunities are opening up now to help ensure the count is a success. The Census Bureau is charged with counting every person living in the United States once each decade. It's a massive undertaking with important consequences, includi

Civil rights advocates say adding a citizenship question to the census will discourage immigrant participation. (U.S. Census Bureau)

NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed Wednesday asks a federal court to stop the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The lawsuit was filed by the American and New York Civil Liberties Unions on behalf of immigrant-rights organizations. The suit charges that the order to include the q

Advocates for immigrants' rights say asking about citizenship will stop many from participating in the 2020 Census. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — New York immigrants' advocates are mounting opposition to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. They're convinced the question will discourage participation by New York's 4 million immigrants, potentially costing the state billions in federal aid and political power in C

Almost 850,000 children in the state of New York live in poverty, nearly half in extreme poverty. (rubberduck1951/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show little change in child poverty in New York state. The data shows that, nationally, more than 13 million children, or 18 percent, lived in poverty in 2016, a drop of almost two percent. But, New York's child poverty rate was almost three p

Jason Starr of the NYCLU gave a talk at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island Wednesday about the educational and legal needs of several thousand children from Central America who have arrived since 2012. Courtesy: HWCLI

NEW YORK – While the national spotlight is focused on the great needs of Syrian refugees in Europe, unaccompanied children from Central America continue to flow into the U.S., and New York is a prime destination – as detailed at a meeting Wednesday. Jason Starr, Nassau chapter director

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