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2020 Census

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The City of Albany is issuing a last-call for residents to complete the U.S. Census.

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Complete Count Committee members from across the North Country met at the United Way in Plattsburgh today to urge people to complete their U.S. Census form.

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Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, local government officials, determined to prevent undercounts, tried to spread the word that the Census was coming. Now, Census takers have hit the streets before the September 30 deadline.

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People in Massachusetts who have not yet responded to the 2020 U.S. Census could soon get a knock on their door.

Helen Desfosse has been a friend of this program since its inception. She's been a friend of this radio station forever and she joins us this morning to talk about the census. Helen Desfosses was Albany City Council President from 1997 to 2005 and a public policy professor at UAlbany for many years, as well as being a commentator for Midday Magazine and a Panelist on The Roundtable.

She now teaches public policy at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University in Virginia and is now studying and researching the census. 

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Albany County legislators gathered outside the county courthouse this morning to kick off what they say will be the most independent, inclusive redistricting process in the panel's history.

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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.

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The timing of the COVID-19 pandemic could not have been worse for the 2020 U.S. Census. Efforts to carry out the constitutionally mandated national count in Massachusetts have been disrupted, with millions of dollars in federal funding hanging in the balance. State Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District chairs the House Committee on Redistricting, and has been a vocal advocate for a complete count in Western Massachusetts. The Democrat spoke with WAMC.

Andrew Whitby is a data scientist who works on innovation, growth and development. He studied economics and computer science at the University of Queensland and received a PhD in econometrics from the University of Oxford, where he was an Oxford-Australia–James Fairfax scholar.

In "The Sum of the People," Whitby traces the remarkable history of the census, from ancient China and the Roman Empire, through revolutionary America and Nazi-occupied Europe, to the steps of the Supreme Court. arent -- may offer the seeds of an alternative.

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For months, Capital Region officials tried to promote participation in U.S. Census counting this spring. Then came the coronavirus pandemic.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.
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Hoping to thwart an expected undercount of the city, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off a campaign Thursday to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 census.

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Groups in Berkshire County are working to make sure the westernmost region of Massachusetts is ready to be counted in this year’s federal census. Mark Maloy of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission oversees the Berkshire County Complete Count Committee, an organization of around 50 communities around the Berkshires. He spoke to WAMC about what’s at stake in the 2020 census for the county, and how the committee is working to turn out the most accurate count possible.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with RISSE  Director Rifat Filkins
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Albany County is applying for Census 2020 grants to target specific communities where it is anticipated further outreach will be necessary.

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Two Capital Region state lawmakers are beginning a bipartisan effort to examine New York’s population loss. Meanwhile, a push is on to ensure the upcoming federal census leaves no one behind.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Wednesday night at City Hall.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will include an additional $10 million in his state budget proposal for the 2020 national census to make sure that as many New Yorkers as possible are counted.

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New York officials plan to spend up to $60 million to make sure state residents are fully counted in the 2020 Census.

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With the 2020 U.S Census due to begin in March, politicians in Berkshire County say an accurate count is vital for Western Massachusetts. 

 Members of a census funding coalition New York Counts 2020 at Tuesday's meeting in Albany. From left to right, Tara Feeney, Amy Torres and Meeta Anand.
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A state commission to oversee the 2020 census count for New York adopted its action plan Tuesday. But immigrant rights groups worry that it’s too little, too late. 

Tonko, a Democrat, spoke Tuesday in Albany, with the 2020 Census looming.
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Representative Paul Tonko continues to press for a fair and accurate census count of New York's 20th congressional district.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an impeachment resolution that failed in the House of Representatives Wednesday, and a House vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for not submitting complete copies of documents subpoenaed for a probe into the 2020 census. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that President Trump has abandoned efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's claim that the military is "thrilled" to participate in his Fourth of July celebration in Washington on Thursday, while MSNBC says it will not air the event live. 

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The New York State Complete Count Commission was created earlier this year to assure that all residents of the state are counted in the 2020 census. Representatives of the group were in the Adirondacks Wednesday to discuss how the state is gearing up for the effort.

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A local law that would create an independent redistricting process is scheduled to be voted on tonight by the Albany County Legislature.  Local Law O seeks to create a non-partisan, independent redistricting process in Albany County following the next federal census in 2020.

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As the 2020 federal census approaches, Berkshire County’s representatives are highlighting its importance.

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Strategies are being developed at the local level in Massachusetts and other states to raise awareness and motivate people to respond to the 2020 Federal Census.

Members of the City of Albany’s Census Complete Count Committee joined together at City Hall to highlight the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 Census.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is calling on residents to make sure they're counted when the next U.S. Census comes around.  The City’s Census Complete Count Committee is stressing the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 tally.