Feb 13, 1998
Press Release
Yesterday, the Democratic members of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight announced the appointment of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) as Ranking Democratic Member of the new Subcommittee on the Census. Maloney has been fighting for an accurate count in the 2000 census in an effort to ensure that New York gets fair treatment. The 1990 census undercounted New York State population by 277,000 with 244,00 undercounted in New York City alone.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with the Census Bureau to ensure that the 2000 Census is the most accurate ever," said Maloney, who last year founded the House Census Caucus with Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) to fight for fairness in the 2000 census. "The methods used for the past 200 years have resulted in a severe undercount that affects populations most in need of the government's attention: the nation's poor and minorities."

The 1990 undercount hit New York hard. If New York is undercounted again in the 2000 census, it will lose out on federal funding for a variety of programs it rightly deserves. Some of the areas that could be affected by a cut in federal funding include: community development, drug abuse counseling, job training, mass transit, better roads, the arts, programs for children such as Head Start and school lunches, public libraries, day care, programs for the aging, HIV health services, foster care, adoption assistance and Medicaid.

"If the census isn't accurate, New York City will again be cheated out of its fair share," said Maloney.

According to the Census Bureau, the 2000 census will be even more inaccurate than the 1990 census because of the increase in two-income couples who do not have the time to fill out the forms, immigrants who do not speak English, and college students who are frequently counted twice. Many people who will most likely not be counted include urban residents; inner-city males, especially black and Hispanic men; the poor; and children. On the other hand, women and the elderly -- many of whom have two homes -- tend to be over counted.