March 31, 2010
League 2010 Census Awareness Committee Launches
Federal, State and Local Get Out the Count Effort
Today in Trenton, Evesham Mayor Randy Brown led a Press Conference to bring attention to efforts to ensure a complete count in this year’s federal Census. Mayor Brown, Chairman of our 2010 Census Awareness Committee, was joined by Assemblywoman Linda Stender, East Orange Ombudsman Troy Webster, NY Regional US Census Center Director Lester Farthing, Philadelphia Regional Deputy Director Ted Roman and NJ State Data Center Director Len Preston.
This was the fourth Press Event that the League has held on the 2010 Census, since Mayor Brown and our Awareness Committee kicked-off the current campaign on April 1, 2009. And it occurred on the same day that a front-page story, appearing in the Newark Star Ledger, reported that New Jersey counts, particularly in urban areas, are running significantly below projections and under response rates for the 2000 Census.
Now, more than ever, it is extremely important for local leaders to get personally involved in Census participation promotion. As Mayor Brown stated, an accurate count is crucial, because:
- The Federal government uses census numbers to allocate more than $300 billion in federal funds annually for quality of life projects such as education, housing, health care and job training.
- In other words, getting an accurate count should be part of a Community’s overall economic development strategy.
- State government uses census info for allocating funds for new school construction, libraries, roads and other public service purposes.
- The information will also be used to determine Congressional and State Legislative District boundaries, and local wards.
- It is therefore essential to ensuring equal representation for all New Jersey citizens.
- It is, therefore, vital to our representative democracy.
- And that is the reason that the U.S. Constitution requires a decennial census.
- In addition, community organizations use census information to develop social service programs and community action projects, such as senior lunch programs and child care centers.
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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or 609-915-9072.