FAIR LAWN, NJ - While it's being outpaced by other obvious news, the borough's Complete Count Census Committee has been at work promoting filling out the brief survey which counts how many of us live in town and determines representation and tax dollars that come back to the community from Washington.

"As of March 29, Fair Lawn had a 42.5% response rate, which is better than the national average of 33.1% and the New Jersey average of 32.8%, but is behind our neighbors in Glen Rock and Ridgewood (44.3% and 46.8%)," Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs Gail Rottenstrich said.

When asked if coronavirus news has affected response rate, Rottenstrich said, "It’s hard to know. It is possible that it is, but on the other hand, people are spending more time at home, so they may have had more time to respond."

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The federal government extended the deadline to respond from July 31 to August 15, and it suspended field operations, which were supposed to start on March 15 to April 1, Rottenstrich said. "But I would not be surprised if it the deadline to respond and the start of field operations were extended again."

It’s time to complete the Census, a once-a-decade count of everyone who lives in the United States.  “The census determines how much money we get from Washington. Every one of us matters,” said , of the Complete Count Committee.

The Complete Count Committee, co-chaired by Rottenstrich and John Cosgrove, launched a challenge to get as many people as possible counted. Residents can expect a progress report soon, Rottenstrich said.

Go to https://my2020census.gov/ if you haven’t received the census form. Need assistance? Call or text Deputy Mayor Rottenstrich at 973-479-7565.