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2020 Census numbers could lead to a loss of a NY Congressional seat

Created: April 26, 2021 08:37 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Get ready for some changes when it comes to your family, and who serves many of you in Washington.

The 2020 census numbers are in, and now New York is on the verge of losing at least one seat at the table in the nation's capital. That's right, the Census Bureau is scheduled to release state population counts, which determines the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives.

There are 435 house seats. so some states will gain seats, some will lose seats. The census also determines how many electoral votes each state gets.

A year ago it was estimated if there was an undercount, New York could lose up to two seats in Congress and as much as $880 billion in federal dollars for healthcare, education, and transportation. If seats are lost, there will also be a scramble to re-draw election districts, which may force some lawmakers to consider retiring or running for a new office. 

Those census numbers are due any day.

One seat lawmakers and analysts have immediately focused on: the 23rd district in the Southern Tier, which is currently held by Representative Tom Reed.  Since he announced he is not running for re-election it may be the easiest district to divide.

However, if two seats are lost, things won't be that easy. The task of redistricting is controlled by the state legislature and the governor.

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