How many people does it take to count New York’s City’s population?

    Well at least 70 in Queens, according to a recent announcement from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz who today revealed the first 70 appointees to her Queens Complete Count Committee (CCC).

    First announced by Katz in her 2018 State of the Borough address, the Queens CCC will bring together trusted community leaders and activists to learn about key 2020 Census issues, to report back to their diverse communities and to strategize how to ensure everyone in Queens is counted accurately.

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

    “From federal funding to representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, so much is at stake with the 2020 Census. That’s why we need to be as prepared as possible to ensure every Queens resident is counted accurately, as an undercount would have negative impacts across our borough for at least the next decade,” said Katz.

    The census, which is intended to count the entire population, is crucial for determining how federal funds are distributed and congressional districts drawn.

    The upcoming 2020 Census will also bring new challenges, including 80 percent of respondents being asked to complete the Census form online.

    “The challenges Queens faces are significant, but I am confident these civic-minded community partners will help ensure the borough is counted completely and fairly,” said Katz.

    The announcement comes just days after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from including a question on citizenship status from the count. On Jan. 15, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled the federal government’s attempt to add the question is unlawful.

    Early last year, the Commerce Department led by Secretary Wilbur Ross, announced that the upcoming census would include a citizenship question for the first time since 1950. Ross claimed that the decision to include the question in the count was to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

    “Including a citizenship question would undermine the goal of the Census: a complete count of all persons living in the United States. Here in Queens, a borough of nearly 2.4 million people of all races, ethnicities and faiths, an undercount would lead to fewer federal dollars for countless vital programs and initiatives,” added Katz.

    According to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City is home to 3.1 million immigrants and an estimated 560,000 undocumented residents. The city is also home to a large lawful permanent resident population, with about 1 million New Yorkers living in mixed-status households, where a household member is undocumented.

    Making sure these individuals are counted is a top priority for Katz who noted that in the 2010 Census there were significant undercounts in parts of Western Queens, particularly those with high immigrant populations.

    As a whole, the count reported the population of Queens increased by only 1,300 people over the prior decade, and the Borough President is committed to working with government agencies, nonprofits and civic groups to prevent these inaccuracies from recurring.

    A second round of appointments to the Queens CCC will be conducted later this year.

    The 70 individuals appointed to the Queens Complete Count Committee — many of whom are also members of the Borough President’s Queens General Assembly and Immigration Task Force — are:

    •         Sudha Acharya                     South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)
    •         Rokeya Akhter                     New American Women’s Forum of New York
    •         Vincent Arcuri                     Community Board 5 – Queens
    •         Anisia Ayon                         Community Board 5 – Queens
    •         Naheed Samadi Bahram       Women for Afghan Women
    •         Lorna Blancaflor                  YMCA New Americans Initiative
    •         Betty Braton                         Community Board 10 – Queens
    •         Carolyn Brown                     Community Board 8 – Queens
    •         Josefa Castro                        Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens 
    •         Rachel Cerbone                    Anti-Racism Committee at Safe Horizon
    •         Chaio-chung Chen                NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst Hospital/Community Advisory Board
    •         Narbada Chhetri                   Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice  
    •         Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone      Community Board 10 – Queens
    •         Veronica Coronel                 Latino Film Market
    •         Pastor Phillip Craig         Greater Springfield Community Church
    •         Angie Damlakhi                   Allewaa Alarabi Newspaper
    •         Herold Dasque                     Haitian Americans United for Progress, Inc. (HAUP)
    •         Bess DeBetham                    Community Board 13 – Queens
    •         Karen Durgana                     Central Library Advisory Board
    •         Renetta English                    Community Board 3 – Queens
    •         Crystal Feng                            APA Voice
    •         Kevin Forrestal                       Community Board 8 – Queens
    •         Fred Gitner                           New Americans Program, Queens Library
    •         Lucia Gomez                       New York Immigration Coalition Action Fund Board
    •         Frank Gulluscio                       Community Board 6 – Queens
    •         Adjoa Gzifa                          Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
    •         Michael Hannibal                 Community Board 8 – Queens
    •         Lourdes Villanueva Hartrick   Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association
    •         Larinda Hooks                     East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association
    •         Shaikh Sirajul Islam             Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA)
    •         Mehreen Kagzi                     Safe Horizon
    •         Bob Kaplan                          Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC)
    •         Lalit Khanna                           Hindu Temple of North America
    •         Jennie Kim                              Legal Hand Jamaica
    •         Nancy Konipol                     Community Board 1 – Queens
    •         Eva Kornacka                         Polonians Organized to Minister to Our Community, Inc.
    •         Julieta Larsen                          Queens Community House (QCH)
    •         Mark Laster                         Community Board 6 – Queens
    •         Sharon Levy                            YMCA of Greater New York
    •         Shiuho Lin                            Taiwanese American Association of New York
    •         Richie Lipkowitz                  Indian Diaspora Council
    •         Marcus Longmuir                Jackson Heights Immigrant Solidarity Network
    •         Angie Markham                   Italian Federation of Queens (FIAO)
    •         Rosalinda Martinez              Mensaje de Silo (Silo’s Message)
    •         Antonio Meloni                   Community Board 1 – Queens
    •         Jorge Mendizabal                 Guatemalan Community in Brooklyn and Queens
    •         Sofiya Minsariya                  National Institute for Reproductive Health
    •         Melva M. Miller                  Association for a Better New York (ABNY)
    •         Abdus-Salaam Musa            Southeast Queens Muslim Collective, Inc.
    •         Nuala O’Doherty                 Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG)
    •         Theo Oshiro                         Make the Road New York
    •         Taina M. Pierce                    Friends of Queens Library – Lefrak City Chapter
    •         Rasel Rahman                      Shetu, Inc.
    •         Ashook Ramsaran                Indian Diaspora Council International
    •         Sherry Reisner                         Utopia Estates Civic Association
    •         Quinn Rhi                           MinKwon Center for Community Action
    •         Louise Roach                       New Beginnings Church of Astoria
    •         Gloria Rochester                  Jamaica NAACP
    •         Tammy Ross                        New Visions Democratic Club
    •         Rabbi Hayim Schwartz        Rabbincal Seminary of America
    •         Lynette Shelborne-Barfield Queens Chapter Rockaway YMCA
    •         Patricia Simon                      United Neighborhood Settlement
    •         Evgenia Soldatos                  Hellenic Lawyers Association
    •         Roslin Spigner                         Queens Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta
    •         Penny Stern                          Community Board 8 – Queens
    •         Perminder Thiara                 School District 26 PTA
    •         Yanhai Wan                         Forest Hills Asian Association
    •         Jeffrey Wice                            Rockefeller Institute of Government (SUNY)
    •         Anna Xing                           Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC)
    •         Minwen Yang                       Community Board 4 – Queens

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