BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It’s been a decade since census counters hit the streetsin western New York. They’ll do it again this year andBuffalo’s mayor wants to make sure no one is overlooked.
The Census, the national head count that is done every tenyears, has been bad news for Buffalo since 1950 when the cityofficially started to shrink. Also bad news for New Yorkers, sincethe 1970 count declared California number one in population,knocking the empire state down to number two.
Now in 2010 Buffalo officials want to make some good news for achange. So with millions of federal dollars at stake, and a seat inCongress, Buffalo officials want to make sure everyone counts. Thecity has received a government grant of $109,000 to count thehard-to-reach neighborhoods.
Mayor Brown said, “So this is critically important for theresidents of Buffalo, that we have an accurate count, that we havea complete count.”
Census officials say this year’s 10 question form is theshortest questionnaire ever and the Census Bureau is creatingthousands of temporary jobs in the Buffalo area to help with thecount.
Buffalo Census Manager Robert Coffey explained, “Acrossthe country, the Census Bureau will hire over a million people.Here in western New York I estimate we will be hiring betweenbetween 4 and 5,000 people.”
While Census officials predict Buffalo will show anotherpopulation decline, one bright spot could be the number ofimmigrants settling in the queen city.
“People who are new residents of the city of Buffalo thatlive in our community, and we certainly want to make sure thoseindividuals are counted,” said Brown.
Ann Brittain of Catholic Charities said, “Because peopleare coming here, aside from cold weather, which is a bit of anadjustment for many of these people, they are embracing Buffalo andthey are becoming a part of the fabric.”
State officials estimate 200,000 New Yorkers were left out ofthe 2000 Census and western New York lost a seat in Congress.
If you are interested in one of those Census jobs opening upthis spring, you can call the toll-free number at 1-866-861-2010.You can also find information on the Census’ website.
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