Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his appointments to the New York State Complete Count Commission to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census. These appointments build on the sweeping efforts the State has undertaken to prepare for the Census under the Governor's direction, including a massive overhaul of existing data to ensure a complete count and the successful challenge of the federal government's anti-immigrant citizenship question.
"While the federal government shamefully tries to use the census as a tool to attack immigrants and wage war on blue states, in New York we are committed to a robust, comprehensive effort to ensure that every New Yorker is counted and that we receive our fair share of representation and federal funding," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud that this highly qualified Commission will work with traditionally underrepresented groups and local governments across the state to ensure a full count."
The Governor appointed the following Co-Chairs of the Commission:
- Rossana Rosado, New York State Secretary of State
- Jim Malatras, President, Rockefeller Institute of Government
In addition, Governor Cuomo appointed the following members of the Commission:
- Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
- Karim Camara, Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner, Governor's Office of Faith-Based Community Development
- Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
- Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor
- Joseph Salvo, Chief Demographic Officer, New York City Planning Department
- Lovely Warren, Mayor of the City of Rochester
The Commission will analyze previous Census undercounts and recommend ways to ensure a full and complete count for the 2020 Census. Nationwide, the hard to count population includes children under five years of age, people who live in dense urban settings and in very rural locations, immigrants, people of color and people who live in poverty. New York state has a disproportionally large number of people who fit into these categories. The Commission will hold public hearings and events to gain public input, establish working groups, and develop a comprehensive action plan for state, local, and non-governmental organizations to ensure an accurate count for the 2020 Census.