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Region 11 leaders get 2020 Census info

By SHERRY HALBROOK

At first glance, counting all of the people in every part of this country might seem like a waste of time and money. However on a closer look, it’s clear the U.S. Census is actually very important because it helps the country figure out how the population is shifting from one decade to the next and how to shift resources and federal aid to follow those people.

Not only does the census data determine how much federal aid each state and local government within it will receive for the next 10 years, it also updates the number of seats each state has to represent their residents in the U.S. House of Representatives. State Senate, Assembly and congressional districts are redrawn based on that data. And every layer of government – national, state, regional, county, city, village, town and school district – depends on it to plan for service needs.

Businesses locate depend on it to help decide where to locate their facilities and services and that can affect whether your community gains or loses jobs..

When the census comes to town, as it will next year, it’s in your best interest to make sure you and everyone else gets counted.

That’s why PEF Region 11 Coordinator Bernadette O’Connor led a group of PEF division leaders and a steward October 1 in attending an informational program about the 2020 Census presented by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie who represents SD 20 in Brooklyn.

“This event was very important for us as union representatives, because everyone counts when coming to New York City and for the community funding where we all live,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said the union must help “inform our PEF brothers and sisters and members of the public about why it is so important that all of us be counted for the 2020 Census.”

Attending the event with O’Connor were: PEF Division 244 Leader Carrie Saunders; PEF Division 198 Leader Joan Rosegreen; and Division 198 steward Joy Fletcher. They were invited by Sen. Myrie to attend the event that he dubbed “Community Census 101: What You Need to Know for the 2020 Census and Everyone Counts.”

In addition to Myrie, those presenting information were: U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke; state Assemblywoman Latrice Monique Walker; New York Regional Census Center representatives Katrine Daniel and James C. Tillmon.


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