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New York state unveils council, proposed funding for fair census count

New York state unveils council, proposed funding for fair census count
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoJustice Department expands inquiry into NY nursing home COVID-19 death count What a Biden administration should look like Rand Paul rips 'leftwing media' for focusing on COVID-19 cases: 'Mortality rates are plummeting' MORE (D) on Monday unveiled a new census council co-chaired by Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the civil rights leader, as part of an effort to ensure a fair count the state's population.

Cuomo also said he is proposing an additional $10 million in this year’s budget to go toward the fair census count plan, bringing the state’s total for the 2020 Census to $70 million. 

The push, announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, comes after what Cuomo called the Trump administration’s attempt to keep immigrant communities from completing this year’s census. 

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“As this federal administration continues to disenfranchise immigrant communities and use every means possible to stop them from filling out this year's Census questionnaire, we are taking aggressive actions to ensure every single New Yorker is counted,” Cuomo said in a statement on Monday. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE issued an executive order asking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to share citizenship information with the Census Bureau after the Supreme Court rejected the administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

DHS recently said it would begin doing so. 

“Being counted in the Census may well be second only to voting when it comes to citizen action in the Democrat process," Martin Luther King III said in a statement. "Unfortunately, people of color are the ones most often undercounted, which leads to negative consequences for their communities. 

King will co-chair the council along with actress Lucy Liu and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

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The new council will hold conferences to raise awareness about the census and engage advocates and community-based organizations to ensure every New Yorker is counted, officials said.  It will also oversee outreach efforts in hard-to reach communities. 

Liu said she is proud to work with Cuomo and her co-chairs to raise awareness and encourage participation.

“Representation matters and is vital for the fair allocation of federal funds to all of our communities," Miranda added in the announcement. "I want to thank Gov. Cuomo for creating the Census Council and as co-chair, I encourage my neighbors to stand up and be counted and I hope that everyone across the nation will do the same. We're at the start of a new decade and an accurate census makes a huge difference to all of us.”