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County Executive McCoy Announces Albany County Challenging 2020 Census Citizenship Question

April 02, 2019

Joins More Than 150 State and Local Elected Officials and Municipalities in Amicus Brief Before Supreme Court

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced that last night Albany County officially joined a bipartisan effort of elected officials and municipalities from across the nation in an amicus brief that challenges the inclusion of a citizenship question in next year’s census. The amicus brief is in support of the plaintiffs in the Department of Commerce v. the State of New York case now before the United States Supreme Court.

“State and local governments throughout the country rely on over $900 billion in federal funding to implement critical health, education, crime victims and infrastructure programs, all of which are directly tied to an accurate census count, so we need to get this right,” said County Executive McCoy. “Given the fear that understandably exists in our immigrant communities given the political climate, adding a question on citizenship will only reduce participation to the detriment of our entire community.”

“I’m proud to join this effort and I look forward to working with local partners to ensure that every individual counts in the eyes of the federal government and that Albany County and New York State get their fair share,” he continued.

The census, according to the United States Constitution, is used to gather data on residents, rather than citizens, to determine not only a state’s number of representatives in the House of Representatives and draw district lines, but to also determine the proportion of federal aid. April 1 marked one year before Census Day 2020.

In 2016, New York State received more than $73 billion from the federal government to implement at least 320 programs that residents rely on every day. This includes over $34 billion for Medicaid, more than $6.6 billion for Federal Direct Student Loans, nearly $5 billion for SNAP, more than $1.8 billion for Highway Planning and Construction, and over $1 billion for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to name a few.

Among the group joining the challenge in the Supreme Court to affirm the lower court’s decision are elected leaders from rural, suburban and urban areas of states that include Arizona, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy