Minitraining to Devise New York Counts 2020
On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, New York Counts 2020 organized a minitraining session with Terri Ann Lowenthal and Jeff Wice, in order to strategize a plan to create New York Counts 2020. Lowenthal is a nationally recognized census expert who served a 14 year tenure as a congressional aide in both the House and Senate. She was staff director of the House census oversight subcommittee from 1987-94. She later covered the Census Bureau and broader federal statistical activities for the 2008 Obama Presidential Transition Team.
Jeffrey Wice is a national expert on redistricting and has been included by ROLL CALL in its list of the top 50 Washington policy insiders. He has had over 35 years of experience working in redistricting, voting rights and census law.
We were honored to have the two of them join us to discuss a collective strategy to ensure the 2020 census is an accurate and fair count of New York State’s population. We discussed the prospective formation of a coalition of diverse stakeholders-racial and ethnic community leaders and representatives of labor, education, housing, health, and religious non-profit organizations concerned about an accurate count in 2020. With over $600 billion dollars of federal funding at issue for hospitals, education, housing, transportation, health and other critical services, it was important to leverage our collective strengths to ensure the Census is accessible and the federal, state and local bodies are responsive to our shared concerns.
We also addressed concerns regarding adequate funding to ensure effective outreach, training, and education on the importance of the Census and confidentiality.