PATERSON, NJ - Coronavirus may have postponed baseball’s Opening Day, interrupted student’s school schedules, and caused other chaos in our day-to-day lives, but it hasn’t stopped Census Day.

For more than 18 months city and county officials have been talking about April 1, 2020, the day that every man, woman, and child in the United States is to be counted as part of the nation’s once a decade census.

And while “stay at home” orders, park closures, and other disruptions may be changing outreach efforts, they aren’t changing the enthusiasm with which leaders like Freeholder John Bartlett are going about making sure Paterson, and all of Passaic County, is counted.

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“These past weeks, and the resources we have had to utilize, have shown more than ever however important getting counted is,” Bartlett told TAPinto. “The dollars we secure for emergency response, healthcare infrastructure, programs that feed our students, are all dictated by our population.”

While initial planning would have seen Bartlett, and his wife Khyati Joshi, co-chair of Passaic County’s Complete Count Committee, at an event to encourage response today, the new norm of social distancing has prevented that.

However, thanks to Facebook Live, they still plan on being in living rooms all across the County, along with Jeffrey Behler, Director of the US Census Bureau’s New York Regional Office, to answer any questions residents may have. The stream can be found here and will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Consistently focused on the diversity of languages spoken in the homes they are hoping to reach, similar events will be held Thursday in Bengali, April 7 in Spanish, April 8 in Arabic, and April 9 in Gujarti. 

“We are asking anybody with an online network to get the word out,” Bartlett said, directing  people to the census website the county has created. “We need everyone to put the information out there and let others know that this matters.”

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