• 25,961,889
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
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    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 7,970
    Constituent Cases Closed
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    Bills Signed Into Law

Census 2020: Help Shape the Hudson Valley

What is the 2020 Census, and Why Does It Matter?

A census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and U.S. territories. The census happens every decade, and the 2020 Census will begin in mid-March. You can respond to the Census Bureau by responding online, by phone, or by mail.

For the first time in our nation’s history, New Yorkers will be able to participate in the census using 21st century technology, responding by mail, online or by phone. More information on new Census survey methods will be mailed to Hudson Valley homes, and can be found on the Census Bureau website: www.2020census.gov.

The census helps the federal government make important decisions that ensure funding for public services, schools, hospitals, and emergency services, and determine representation in government. 


What Does the 2020 Census Ask?

You will be asked to count every person who lives in your home. The Census Bureau will never ask for personal identifying information, like your Social Security number, bank or credit card information, or anything on behalf of a political party. The 2020 Census is a nonpartisan, constitutionally-mandated program. 


Hard to Count" Regions in the Hudson Valley: Many communities throughout New York’s Hudson Valley, including the towns of Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Fishkill, Tuxedo, Wappinger, Wallkill and Warwick, were considered “Hard to Count” regions in the 2010 census, with several census tracts returning only half of mailed census questionnaires. This resulted in possible undercounting in the region.

Now Hiring Hudson Valley Census Workers

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting New Yorkers to help with the 2020 Census count. Information on temporary jobs can be found below, and at www.2020census.gov/jobs.

In order to be eligible for a temporary 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).


Helpful Links

The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency and is dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.

New Yorkers interested in temporary jobs with the Census Bureau should visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.

More information about the 2020 Census can be found at: www.2020census.gov.

Rep. Maloney's office can also help connect you with Census Bureau officials: call 845-561-1259 or send an email.