Jersey City Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro is in the middle of hosting a 12-hour U.S. Census push on Facebook Live that will run until 11 p.m. this evening.
By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View
Today was supposed to be the last day to complete the Census, but that deadline has been extended through the end of next month after a federal court ruling, though the Census Bureau has said they’ll still cease operations on October 5th.
Lavarro made a show of filling out his census form publicly, clicking through the website and noting that the data is kept private.
The councilman also pointed out that an insufficient amount of people filled out the Census in 2010, which caused New Jersey to lose a congressional seat – which adversely affected the representation of Jersey City.
In addition, Lavarro held different events throughout the day, including one with municipal leaders pushing the census.
Hudson County’s Division of Planning Chief Francesca Giarratana, as well as Deja Anderson, who manages the Jersey City Census, spoke with Lavarro. Giarratana encouraged people to fill out the census online.
Many Jersey City are eager to have their population fully counted, with Mayor Steven Fulop among many theorizing that Jersey City could become the state’s largest city with robust Census participation.
Back in 2010, 61 percent of Hudson County’s population self-reported, though only 58 percent self-responded so far this year.