PATERSON, NJ - Likening it to an “old-fashioned shoe leather campaign,” Mayor Andre Sayegh was knocking on doors in Paterson’s First Ward Tuesday reminding residents to complete the 2020 Census.

This marked the second day in a row Sayegh took to the streets, in response, he said, to a response rate that sits at below 50 percent across the city.

Targeting neighborhoods in the First, Fourth, and Fifth Wards where data collected and analyzed locally shows response is the lowest, Sayegh met residents at their doorsteps and reminded them that in less than 10 minutes they can make an impact that lasts for 10 years.

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Smaller class sizes, improved roads, and even a new hospital all become more possible if Paterson reaches more than 150,000 in the once a decade count, a number that Sayegh thinks is possible, if residents take the time to do their part. “We can not be complacent,” Sayegh said. “Too much is at stake for us not to take every action we can to get the count right this year.”

Among those he met was Ilumi Rodriguez who, standing outside with her two children, immediately recognized Sayegh, though perhaps more as an instructor at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) than as the head of Paterson’s local government.

Many people, Rodriguez surmised, believe completing the census is a “waste of time,” a myth that Sayegh skillfully debunked, leaving the lifelong resident to promise to go right online to get it done. “We should take it seriously,” she told TAPinto Paterson after Sayegh walked away.”

“Paterson does matter.”

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