Yonkers Mayor Spano Launches ‘Yonkers Counts Census 2020’ & City’s Complete Count Committee
YONKERS, NY – June 14, 2019 -- Mayor Mike Spano, along with United States Census Bureau representatives and key Yonkers community stakeholders, today gathered at Yonkers City Hall to announce the City of Yonkers’ efforts in ensuring city residents participate in next year’s upcoming U.S. Census.
At the press conference, Mayor Spano announced his appointment of members to the Yonkers 2020 Complete Count Committee which is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, faith-based and other community organizations. The individuals will develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response. The Committee also will help connect local residents with Census job opportunities currently available.
“Yonkers’ participation in the 2020 Census is critical to the future of our community,” said Mayor Spano. “Census data guides how federal funding for critical services is distributed to cities like ours. That’s why it’s so important that everyone understands that responding to the 2020 Census is vital – and it is safe and easy.”
Mayor Spano added, “The Yonkers 2020 Complete Count Committee will be active over the next year, throughout our diverse city to help encourage responses to make sure everyone is represented – because Yonkers Counts!”
“While a Census is a National event, in order to be successful, it must be conducted at the local level. This starts with hiring people to work in their own communities. We look forward to working with the City of Yonkers to ensure that together we provide easy and ample opportunities for local community members to apply to Census jobs," Jeff Behler Regional Director, New York Region Census Center.
Yonkers City Councilmember Shanae Williams stated, “The first district has been growing in numbers as we bring more new development to the downtown. We need to make sure that every single person is accounted for in the 2020 Census. It is very important that we work together as on community and encourage our families, friends and neighbors to participate in the census for next year. I am thankful to all of our community members that have volunteered their time to help us get the word out.”
Mayor Spano also encouraged Yonkers residents to apply for Census 2020 Field Operations positions including recruiting assistants, census field supervisors and enumerators at www.2020census.gov/jobs.
“There are many great opportunities provided by the U.S. Census Bureau for those who need flexible work hours and have varied skill sets – I encourage those interested to learn more at one the many job fairs that will be hosted by the Census Bureau or visit their website,” commented Mayor Spano.
In March 2020, the Census Bureau will begin mailing invitations to respond to nearly every household in the country. Each household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. April 1, 2020 marks Census Day, when Complete Count Committees urge households who did not respond to take the census survey, assuring them it is safe, easy and important.
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts every resident in United States every decade. The information acquired effects state representation in Congress and federal funding distribution to states and local communities.
For more information on Yonkers Counts Census 2020, visit www.yonkersny.gov.