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Governor To Complete 2010 Census Form In Bronx

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Governor Paterson.

Governor David A. Paterson will attend “Bronx United for a Better Count,” to encourage Bronx residents and all New Yorkers to fill out their 2010 census forms and “get counted.”

The Governor will join Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortés-Vázquez to complete their census forms and discuss the important role that the census plays in making sure New Yorkers have the resources they need to thrive.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at 12 noon. The location is Triangle on the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Southern Boulevard, Bronx.

Background:  All United States residents are asked to complete and return their 2010 census forms before National Census Day on April 1, 2010. The Bronx has historically low participation rates, despite the importance of centennial data to the distribution of resources to communities throughout the country. The information gathered by the census helps to determine how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed for services like education, job training and medical assistance.

Governor Paterson has made census outreach a priority of his Administration. Last year, he signed Executive Order No. 30 to establish the New York 2010 Census Complete Count Committee, directing State and local leaders to lay the ground work for an accurate 2010 count.  On December 31, 2009, he announced the award of $2 million in grants to community groups throughout the State to educate residents about the census and increase participation.

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Peter Mirabella, PhD

is recently retired from the New York City Department of Education, where he taught elementary school for nearly 9 years. He completed the New York City Teaching Fellows Program in 2004. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a public affairs speechwriter for over 20 years for such organizations as The New York Stock Exchange, KPMG Peat Marwick, Goldman Sachs, and the New York State Comptrollers Office. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the New School University and a M.A. Degree in education from Lehman College. Dr. Mirabella currently is writing a book about his experience as a New York City school teacher.