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Albany County Calls On Residents To Be Counted

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With New York state set to lose an estimated $243 billion dollars due to the coronavirus outbreak, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the census is more important than ever before.
Before the pandemic, McCoy expected an undercount, and now, with Albany County facing a potential $30 million deficit, he says he’s looking at a worse-case scenario...

"...because it's the money we're gonna get back from the government for the next 10 years."

MCoy reiterated the importance of self-reporting.

"It's 2020census-dot-gov, literally it takes less than 5 minutes to fill it out. Please take... you're home, what else can you do? You're home."

Albany County's census response rate is currently 53.3%, ahead of the statewide rate of 47.6%, about even with the national response rate of 53.4%

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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