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City and state leaders came together at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to encourage New Yorkers to mail in their forms for the 2010 Census. The census determines the amount of Federal funding cities and states get for the next decade. Speakers at the event included Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez, Deputy Mayor of the Office of Immigration Services Carol A. Robles-Roman, New York City Controller John Liu, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Secretary Cortés-Vázquez said that participation in the 2000 Census was down, and hoped that more New Yorkers would get involved. She said that the cost for the Federal government per mailed form is 47 cents, while sending Census workers to a home to count costs $57 per home.
New York City Controller John Liu spoke to the need for immigrants and undocumented workers to participate. Citing his Taiwanese heritage, he said he hoped for more participation so that the City would be able to provide additional services to the communities. He also spoke directly to journalists that report in immigrant communities.
Click here to listen to John Liu speak to journalists about getting the message out:
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio also spoke at the event.