2020 Census Countdown to our Future: Last Chance for NYC to Secure its Political and Economic Future

Kick-off features press conferences in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a “Census Walk for NYC” across the Brooklyn Bridge to sound the alarm that there are only 14 days to avoid a census undercount, which would mean billions in lost revenue, as well as the loss of congressional seats, jeopardizing New York City’s future. The day also features an “Empowered Women for the Census” caravan in The Bronx.

2020 Census Countdown to our Future: Last Chance for NYC to Secure its Political and Economic Future

NEW YORK, N.Y. – City officials, elected officials, and major citywide community advocates and leaders will gather in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 16, to mobilize New Yorkers to obtain a complete census count.

NYC’s “Countdown to the Future” Kick-Off

Wednesday, September 16

Foley Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Public Library – Main Branch

Headlining Entities:

NYC Census 2020 (Mayor’s Office of the Census): Director Julie Menin; Field Director Kathleen Daniel; Deputy Director Amit S. Bagga    

NYC City Council: Council Member Carlina Rivera, Co-Chair of the Census Task Force; additional Council Members to be confirmed

ABNY (Association for a Better New York): Melva Miller, CEO

New York Counts 2020 Coalition: Meeta Anand, Senior Census Fellow at the New York Immigration Coalition    

United Way of New York City: Sheena Wright, President & CEO


Asian-American Federation; Asian Americans for Equality; Brooklyn NAACP; Center for Law & Social Justice at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College; Chinese-American Planning Council; Community Resource Exchange; FPWA; Hester Street; Hispanic Federation; Make the Road New York; and NALEO Educational Fund

Multiple additional elected officials and advocates to participate.

11:30 AM: Manhattan Kick-Off

  • What: Press conference to launch final two-week countdown for the 2020 Census and issue a citywide call-to-action
  • Who: Headline Partners, in addition to several citywide and local elected officials, as well as co-host organizations
  • Where: Foley Square (intersection of Pearl Street and Centre Street)
  • Contact: Sona Rai, srai@census.nyc.gov585-530-7484

1:00 PM: “Census Walk for NYC”

  • What: A coalition walks across the Brooklyn Bridge from Foley Square to Brooklyn Borough Hall.
  • Who: Staff and volunteers from Headlining Entities, Co-Hosts, and NYC Complete Count Fund Awardees (157 organizations), offices of elected officials
  • Where: Start at Foley Square; cross Brooklyn Bridge; end at Brooklyn Borough Hall (Joralemon and Remsen Streets; Brooklyn Heights)
  • Contact: NYC Census 2020: Sona Rai, srai@census.nyc.gov585-530-7484

3:15 PM: Brooklyn Kick-Off

  • What: Unveiling of a large census-related installation on the facade of the Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch and kick-off press conference. 
  • Who: Brooklyn Public Library, Headline Partners, Co-Hosts, in addition to several citywide and local elected officials and community leaders
  • Where: Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238 (SE corner of the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway)
  • Contact: NYC Census 2020: Sona Rai, srai@census.nyc.gov585-530-7484

Additional Partner Event in The Bronx

Noon – 2:30 PM: Bronx Caravan

  • What: “Empowered Women for the Census,” a census caravan through parts of The Bronx.
  • Who: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi; additional women elected officials and community members
  • Where: Kick-off at Ryawa Ave and Halleck Street, Hunts Points, The Bronx. Ends at Throgs Neck Houses: 680 Balcom Ave, The Bronx (Balcom and Randall Ave)

As of September 14, New York City’s self-response rate is 59.5%. While this represents a significant closure of the gap between New York City and the nation as compared to 2010, (just over 6 percentage points now vs. 14 percentage points in 2010), many communities in New York City, particularly in Brooklyn, are still lagging, and Wednesday’s events kick off a series of two weeks of an intensive, major haul to ensure all New Yorkers are counted.            

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