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Local officials promote census participation

Local officials promote census participation

November 28, 2018 10:26 AM

There's a renewed push from local officials to get people in our area to participate in the census.

Federal, state and local officials will be in Rochester Wednesday to encourage the community to engage in the census. The questions you'll be asked can lead to better federal funding for your city and state.

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Census workers could begin knocking on your door late this year or early next year.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, and members of the governor's administration are hosting informational sessions and roundtables throughout the area.

The census data collection happens every 10 years. In years past, some people were hesitant to open the door for a stranger and answer all those questions. However, officials want residents to understand the impact of the surveys.

The federal government uses the census data to distribute your tax dollars.

Chief of staff Alex Yudelson says the city uses that money towards things like their housing rehabilitation and repair programs and more.

"It's often not enough...we have a waiting list of people that want help with their roofs...we have people that we want to help abate lead poisoning and lead paint...we have so many programs that we rely on the federal government for help," Yudelson said. "By filling out the census, you are helping your neighbor potentially get a new roof, you're helping your family, and you're helping the city rebuild."

Another important component is that your representation in Congress and the Electoral College is directly tied to your population.

The first informational session is Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Central Library on South Avenue in Rochester.

City officials tell News10NBC that they will be planning other events to get the community engaged in the census. They will be hosting several other sessions next year.

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