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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > January 2010 > Mayor Brown & U.S. Census Bureau Partner For A Complete Count In Buffalo

Mayor Brown & U.S. Census Bureau Partner For A Complete Count In Buffalo

Contact: Peter K. Cutler 

Citizens are encouraged to participate in 2010 Census

Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau with the “Complete Count Committee” to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.

“The Census is so critically important to the City of Buffalo, and I am dedicated to making sure every Buffalo resident does their part to be counted,” said Mayor Brown.  “I am pleased to partner with the Census Bureau on this important initiative and committed to helping increase overall participation in 2010.”

The partnership will involve sharing important information about the census in Buffalo and encouraging people to complete and mail back their 2010 Census forms. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“With the help of our 2010 Census partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater chance of reaching everyone in the United States, than if we were to attempt this monumental task alone,” said Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau. “Through their unique roles in their individual communities, elected officials can help deliver the 2010 Census message to every corner of the nation.”

The City of Buffalo recently was awarded a grant from the New York State Department of State to assist in its efforts to make sure everyone is counted.  Over $109,000 will go into outreach and media campaigns to target groups that have traditionally not been counted.

The Buffalo Complete Count Committee will target the several different demographic groups who have been in the past undercounted.  These groups include: families with limited English language proficiency, the Latino community, immigrants, refugees, the African American community, homebound seniors, the disabled, the homeless, re-entry population, group quarters residents, low income citizens, children in foster care and transient fathers.   The Committee also identified those in group quarters, such as hospitals and dormitories, as being at risk for undercount.

Hundreds of local organizations, including community centers, government entities and churches are working with the City of Buffalo on this initiative.   Partner agencies include: the Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Urban League, the Community Action Organization, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, Block Clubs and Neighborhood Associations-EC, Inc, Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Belle Center and Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation.

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit