FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2010
SCHUMER TO NYC'S YOUNG, HIP AND HARD TO REACH: STAND AND BE COUNTED! RETURN YOUR CENSUS FORM PRONTO - DON'T LET WASHINGTON IGNORE YOUR COMMUNITY
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the younger populations of New York City to return their census forms so they have a say in the direction of their community and are fully represented for future resource allocations. The census return rate in New York City is about 50%, but in 20-something haven Williamsburg, a mere 30% of residents have filled out their census forms thus far. Schumer says that by throwing away or ignoring their census forms, young adults are giving up their influence over important policy decisions that matter to them, such as social issues, taxes and parks funding. Without the essential representation that is gained through filling out the census form, they will lose out on funding for open spaces, parks, and other important resources that the community wants.
“When young people don’t fill out their census forms, their entire community loses,” Schumer said. “While filling out the census might not seem pressing to our younger folks, it serves an important purpose; influence over social policy, taxes and funding for things like parks and concerts. Twenty-somethings are an integral part of New York City and it’s essential for our City’s future that they are counted so that their wants and needs are taken into consideration. I’m urging young adults across this city not to let Washington ignore you, fill out your census and be counted!”
Schumer worked with New York City’s younger set recently when he fought for an agreement to save the popular JELLY Pool Parties. The JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series started in 2006, were held at East River State Park in 2009. Unfortunately, there were some indications that the Pool Parties may not return for a 2010 season. Schumer quickly intervened to ensure the popular concert series remained a fixture this year. Schumer, a Brooklyn native who attended two of the Pool Parties this past summer, was struck by the quality and popularity of the concerts and the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Schumer added, “I want young people in New York City to hear me loud and clear, by filling out your census, you will force Washington to wake up and listen to you. It’s time to be counted!”
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