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Congressman Higgins Makes Last Push for Western New Yorkers to Complete the Census

Oct 15, 2020
Press Release
Report Highlights Dire Costs of a Census Undercount for New York’s 26th District

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging Western New Yorkers to complete the 2020 Census today – the final day to respond. Higgins warns nearly one-third of the residents in the district may not be counted. Click here to see current map and response rates for NY-26.

Higgins said, “It is highly disappointing that the Administration has pushed to end the count early.  But if you haven’t completed the Census, it’s not too late.  The 5 minutes you take now to answer a few simple questions will benefit our community for the next decade. Do your part to make every Western New Yorker count.”

Congressman Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to fill out their Census forms today—by going online at, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the forms they received in the mail. 

Below are instructions on how to respond:

  • Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 until 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (5:59 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020) Visit to respond today.
  • Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for schedule and a list of numbers.
  • Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.

Data collected by the Census is used to determine how much funding the community receives for critical services like education, medical care, foster care, roads, public transit, and job programs.  Census data also helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.

A report prepared by the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties details that if there is just a 1% undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 26th District of New York could lose:

  • $399,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 1,594 students would need in a school year.
  • $248,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling.

Click here to read the full report.