New York City Commissioner of both the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Consumer Affairs Julie Menin has been appointed to direct outreach efforts for the upcoming 2020 Census.
“There are literally billions of dollars that flow or don’t flow according to the census,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Money that comes down to whether people have health care or food, opportunity or safety, or not. It comes down to whether we have proper representation in Congress.”
Menin will be tasked with making sure every New York City resident participates in the upcoming census to maximize support from the federal government.
“A citizenship question that seeks to drive immigrants underground will mean less funding for cities with large immigrant populations like New York. An undercount will also lower our congressional representation where it’s estimated we stand to lose one to two seats statewide,” Menin said.
An attorney, Menin will also serve in a position as an advocate for New Yorkers on issues including voter protections, immigration rights, and citizenship.