City Comptroller Scott Stringer

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City Comptroller Worries Lack Of Internet Access Can Affect Census Count

July 23, 2019 - 3:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Getting an accurate count in the 2020 census may be complicated by a lack of internet access, according to a new report by the City Comptroller. 

Comptroller Scott Stringer's report warns that a mostly online census could lead to an undercount, which would impact how much money New York City receives in federal funding from Washington.

“Right now, 2.2 million New Yorkers lack access to broadband internet in their homes, that's nearly one-third of city households at risk of going uncounted,” Stringer told reporters.

The digital divide is highest among seniors, low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.

“The very people who we may need more federal support are the most at risk of going uncounted,” the comptroller warned.

On Tuesday, he called on the city to fund the efforts of community-based organizations and libraries to help New Yorkers fill out the online form.

He also urges the city to assure all residents that their information will be kept confidential.