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City of Hoboken announces:

CENSUS KICK-OFF DRIVE SET FOR HOBOKEN ON APRIL 6th

City of Hoboken, April 1, 2010 – While announcing the launch of Hoboken’s U.S. Census awareness campaign, Mayor Dawn Zimmer highlighted recent news reports that the State of New Jersey’s participation rate with the 2010 Census is lagging the rest of the nation.

“Hoboken residents need to know three things about the Census: It’s important, it’s safe, and it’s easy,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Hundreds of billions of federal dollars are at stake each year. If Hoboken is undercounted, we could lose out on critical funding to improve our streets, schools, hospitals, and more. We strongly urge all residents to mail back their census forms as soon as possible.”

As of Thursday, April 1st, Hoboken’s participation rate was 42%, while the national participation rate was 52%. 
Mayor Zimmer announced that Hoboken will launch its U.S. Census awareness campaign with a kick-off celebration at two locations on Tuesday, April 6th, beginning at 5:30 pm at City Hall and in front of the PATH station, beginning at 5:00 pm. 
Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand with elected officials to raise awareness of the federally mandated census and hand out educational materials and gifts to residents. 
Earlier this month Hoboken launched “Help Make Hoboken Count” as census forms were distributed to households nationally. “There are millions of dollars of additional federal aid available to help us reduce taxes if everyone is counted,” added Mayor Zimmer.
At City Hall, Mayor Zimmer, other elected officials and census representatives will discuss the economic importance to Hoboken through participation in the once-in-a-decade event. Educational material will also be provided to residents at both locations. 
Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds are awarded to states and communities based on census data. 
Census data will help the City secure funds for community planning pursuits, including road improvements, school aid and support for the Hoboken University Medical Center. 
The 2010 Census questionnaire asks only a few simple questions and takes a few minutes to complete. All information is strictly confidential. 
Residents can track the City’s participation rate and learn more about the census at http://hobokennj.org/census
                      

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