On Census Day, Sainato urges community to be counted

NEW CASTLE, April 1 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, is reminding residents on Census Day of the importance of participating and being counted.

“The census count determines our share of billions of dollars in federal funding for health care, roads, education, emergency services and other essential federal programs and services,” Sainato said. “These resources make our community that much stronger and make life for our residents that much safer.

“But our residents are the only ones who can make that happen, by responding. If they don’t, that money goes somewhere else. I’m urging everyone who hasn’t already done so, to take a few minutes and complete this vital task. If we all do our part to get counted, we’ll be bringing federal dollars home to our community, where they belong.”

Sainato said the census is safe and secure, noting that answers can’t be used against residents who respond, and data security is managed by high-level experts. The law prohibits the U.S. Census Bureau from releasing any information that identifies individuals, under penalty of large fines and possible prison time.

He said although April 1 is known as “Census Day” because the date is used as a key reference date in the census questionnaire, it is not a deadline, and residents can respond after that date, by phone, by mail or online. 

Sainato said based on the last census, Pennsylvania receives $27 billion annually for federally funded programs.

Additional information about the U.S. Census is available here.