Fill out the 2020 Census

If you have not already, be sure to fill out your 2020 Census. The census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our communities, including NY-21, which will directly fund our police departments, firefighters, schools and more. Complete the census online here

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Census Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: I already responded to the 2020 Census. However, I received a call from the Census Bureau about my responses. Is this legitimate or a scam?

Answer: After you have responded to the census, you might receive a short telephone call from the census bureau to the telephone number you provided on the form. Census workers occasionally follow up with households over the phone to ask questions about their responses to the 2020 census or other household surveys. The Census Bureau’s goal is to ensure that no person is left out of the census or counted in more than one place. We review your responses to ensure that we have a complete and accurate count.

By law, all responses to the 2020 census are kept confidential. The 2020 Census caller will only review the responses that you previously provided. They will not ask about your financial information or Social Security number. If you receive a call and are asked about this information, do not provide it. You should report the call to the Census Bureau.

Additionally, the Census Bureau may reach out to you in other ways during the current COVID-19 pandemic, including email and text message, to conduct other ongoing surveys that are not related to the 2020 census. Please see avoiding fraud and scams for more information.

To report suspected fraud – or, if you think you received a call from the census bureau but want to confirm the legitimacy of it – call 844-809-7717 (English) or 844-809-7718 (Spanish) to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. Our business hours are 7:00am to 12:00am eastern time, Monday through Friday. Https://

Question: I already answered my 2020 census online. However, I received a bag with a census questionnaire hanging on my door this week. Does this mean the Census didn’t receive my online response?

Answer: If you received a Census bag hanging on your door, you are in an area called update leave, where most people in the neighborhood do not receive their mail at their physical address. Even if you have already responded online or by phone, the Census Bureau delivers census questionnaires to all homes in update leave so you will have your unique Census ID number.

Question: How did the census bureau determine where and when to resume operations?

Answer: The decision to restart update leave in a phased approach in select areas is based on the operating status of a state, the number and trend of COVID-19 cases, and current guidance of federal, state, and local officials. Upon resuming operations, we will continue to evaluate local conditions against our operational criteria to protect health and safety and we will adapt accordingly.

Question: What safeguards are in place to keep the public and census employees safe from covid-19?

Answer: The health and safety of the public and of census bureau staff are always a top priority. Similar to USPS mail delivery, the update leave operation does not require interaction between households and a Census Bureau employee. It follows the most current federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines. The Census field worker will confirm the address by observation and then leave a plastic bag with the census invitation and form in a conspicuous location such as hanging from the front doorknob.

All Census field workers, including those working in the field offices, are provided face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. They will complete mandatory COVID-19 training to ensure they follow appropriate physical distancing protocols and all appropriate health and safety guidance. This includes frequent hand washing, not touching the face, using hand sanitizer and practicing distancing. Additionally, all offices will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.

We will continue to monitor the changing conditions at the state and local level to ensure safety.