'Nat'l Census Day' brings push to return form

BROOKLYN - Local leaders are pushing for residents to fill out and return their census forms Thursday, known as "National Census Day."

The decennial population count will be used to determine the appropriation of $400 billion in federal funds for a range of services, including hospitals and schools. All information is confidential.

Speaking about the importance of the census, Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday the state "can't afford to waste a dime of any federal money coming in here."

Gov. Paterson also reminded residents that the state was undercounted by 200,000 people in 2000.

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