The City of Newburgh is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure a complete count for the 2020 Census.
Census data is crucial for our representative democracy. Census data determines how district lines are drawn for Congressional seats as well as local state and county Legislative seats. Data also guides the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families, including those affecting health, transportation, education and housing. The consequences of undercounting our communities is dire. New York received over $73 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census.
Federal funding, economic development, and fair representation are all at stake with the 2020 census. In the 2010 Census, Orange County was the 5th most undercounted county in New York State and the City of Newburgh’s response rate, at 57%, was one of the worst in Orange County.
The Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the counting process. Positions include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.
To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application. The application includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. For more information visit the Census Bureau employment page online.
Local Census 2020 activities within the City of Newburgh this month include:
Census Job Fairs
Local Census job fairs connect people with staff who can assist applicants with the process. Bring your resume, work history, and other info you would bring to a job fair or job interview.
- Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12pm-6:30pm, Newburgh Free Library at 124 Grand Street
- Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10am-4:30pm. Newburgh Free Library at 124 Grand Street
Newburgh Complete Count Committee
Newburgh Complete Count Committee is group of organizations, faith leaders, and community activists strategizing and planning for a complete count of Newburgh for Census 2020. Activities include outreach, events, and identifying Census Hubs within the community. The public is welcome to attend meetings, listed below, and learn how to get involved. To learn more, reach out to Ann Sullivan, City of Newburgh Census Contact, listed below.
- Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30pm at the Heritage Center at 123 Grand Street
- Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30pm, location TBA
- Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30pm at the Heritage Center at 123 Grand Street
- Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:30pm at the Heritage Center at 123 Grand Street
If you are interested in getting involved in the Census 2020 process, reach out to Ann Sullivan, Hudson Valley Civic Engagement Coordinator, at New York Civic Engagement Table, by calling 917-974-7814 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Learn more on the City of Newburgh Census 2020 webpage