FOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
Newark, NJ - April 1, 2010 - Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council, and Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz reminded Newark residents today to support the City’s efforts to “Get Out the Count” in Newark by cooperating with federal Census 2010 takers, who will soon be going door to door to ensure an accurate count of Newark’s population.
Today is Census Day in the United States, the deadline for residents to mail in or return the Census 2010 forms that were mailed to them. The Census will follow up to achieve their Constitutional mandate to accurately determine the population of the United States by sending Census takers door to door throughout the nation, to present their Census questionnaires, including here in Newark.
“Newark, like many municipalities throughout the state, is facing challenging economic times,” Mayor Booker said. “The stimulus money and federal aid our City receives to support our schools, infrastructures and overall city programs are based on our population count. It is imperative for our transformation as the state’s largest city that the count is accurate. I urge all of Newark’s residents to stand up and be counted. When the Census workers arrive at your home, give them they information they need, so that the City of Newark gets the resources we all need.”
Census data is used by state and local agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and members of the general public to design public safety strategies, make informed decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local and state governments each year. The Census also determines the proportions for districting the House of Representatives, and how many seats individual states get.
The 2010 Census has one of the shortest census questionnaires in history, dating back to the nation’s first census in 1790. The Census Bureau will mail or deliver more than 130 million questionnaires to households in the United States. All personal information will be kept confidential.
“We want residents to know that the 2010 Census is important, it’s easy, and it’s safe,” says Raul Vicente, Jr., Senior Media Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. “By law, responses to the questionnaire can not be shared with any other agency or person, and this will be the shortest questionnaire ever.”
Measures to spread the word about the 2010 Census include hiring local residents for a variety of temporary positions, ranging from field census takers to support positions in administration, recruiting, and technology fields. All Census Bureau employees, including the census workers who collect the address information and GPS coordinates, have taken a lifetime oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, a fine - or both - for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.
Persons interested in these temporary positions can find out more at the Census Bureau’s web page at www.census.gov or can schedule an employment test by phoning (866) 861-2010.
Residents with questions about any City of Newark program or policy can contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
Contact: Newark Press Information Office: (973) 733-8004.
U.S. Census New York Regional Office: (212) 356-3100
About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major rail connections, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is going down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.
For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website at www.ci.newark.nj.us