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Filling Out Census Forms Means Critical Dollars For New York Residents

With hundreds of millions of dollars of federal and state funding at stake, the push continues for New York State residents to fill out the 2010 Census forms.

United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined with a coalition of advocacy groups Monday to urge New Yorkers to fill out those Census forms coming in the mail this week.

"Participation in Census 2010 by all New Yorkers is critical to ensuring our fair share of federal resources, " said Sen. Gillibrand.

With the federal government using census information to distribute crucially needed funds for hospital and school services, food stamps, public housing and street cleaning, Senator Gillibrand is concerned that undercounting would result in huge losses of dollars for New York City and New York State.

In the last Census 2000 New York City respondents fell 17 percent below the national average.

Officials say the process of filling out the Census questionnaire is safe, easy and fast.

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