PATERSON, NJ - Paterson has to be counted, Mayor Andre Sayegh said in a Facebook video posted on Friday.
While current estimates pin the city's population at 146,199 residents, many, even casual observers, believe that the number of residents is actually much higher. And, Sayegh has said repeatedly, getting the count to over 150,000 during Census 2020 will be critical to efforts to secure additional federal funding over the next 10 years.
Filling potholes, reducing class sizes, and making sure Paterson has adequate political representation, he said, are just some of the reasons for getting increasing the number of residents that respond when the once a decade count begins in March, 2020.
Reviewing response rates from both 2000 and 2010, Sayegh revealed, stood at 76% statewide in 2000, and 74% in 2010, those numbers dropped drastically to 57% and 60% in Paterson.
"We have to do better than this," Sayegh said.
Included in the city's plan to increase response rate, Sayegh repeated, is working closely with Paterson Public School, including by introducing Census 2020 awarenss into the curriculum and distribtuing a children's book "We count," in classrooms across the city.
"We have to get a complete and accurate count," Sayegh added before concluding that the effort would be one that is taken not just into the schools but also churches, bodegas, and barbershops.
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