The Blauvelt Free Library is proud to support the 2020 United States Census by providing resources, both online (see bottom of page) and onsite at the library. We will also provide computers and WiFi*.  

If you have questions, please stop by or give us a call at 845-359-2811. Although we cannot legally help you complete the questionnaire, our Reference staff can help with general questions and information or point you in the right direction.

* Please note our wireless network is OPEN and therefore not secure. You are welcome to use your own devices, but do so at your own risk.

 


Information

Timeline

  • Mid-March 2020  An invitation to respond to the Census online will be sent to every residence sometime between March 12 - 20
  • End of March 2020  A reminder letter and a reminder postcard will both be sent out at the end of March to the beginning of April
  • Beginning of April 2020  If you still haven't responded, a reminder letter AND a paper questionnaire will be sent between April 8 - 16
  • End of April 2020  A final reminder is sent between April 20 - 27 before a Census employee comes out to visit in person.

Who Needs to Respond

  • Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), regardless of citizenship or immigration status, is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census
  • International visitors on vacation or work trips to the United States during the census are not included
  • Residents are counted once, at the address where they usually live and sleep.

How to Respond

  • By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
    • Online 
      • You will receive an Invitation in the mail with online instructions
      • Questionnaires can be filled out on most computers, phones, or tablets with access to the Internet
      • The Blauvelt Free Library has computers available if you do not have online access
    • By phone (See "Contact" section below)
    • By mail (see "Contact" below)
  • You can request a paper questionnaire by phone and will receive one if you have not responded by a certain time

Concerns

Why respond

The Census collects data that will help states, counties, and communities determine:

  • Representation  The number of seats a state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and determines the districts for state government
  • Funding  How to distribute federal funding to local communities on a yearly basis
  • Planning  The creation and upkeep of local services such as roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, emergency services, and libraries
  • Businesses  The creation of factories, business headquarters, and stores, as well as the ability to recruit employees and conduct market research

Privacy

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential -- in fact, every one of their employees takes an oath to protect your personal information for life
  • The Census Bureau is using a new privacy protection system, in addition to the safeguards already in place, to further protect the privacy of respondents
  • If you are using library computers and would prefer greater privacy, let us know and we can relocate you away from the public area
  • Nothing is 100% foolproof, but that can also pertain to mail and phone transactions, but please know that Census data is extremely secure

Avoiding Scams

  • The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census
  • The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, money, or donations
  • The Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party
  • If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
    • Check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date
    • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative
    • If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. 
    • If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department

Contact

New York Regional Office

Serving Connecticut, Main, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and Vermont

212-584-3400 or 1-800-991-2520
TTD > 212-478-4793
E-mail >  New.York.Regional.Office@census.gov

Resources

US CENSUS
https://2020census.gov

NEW YORK RESOURCES
http://nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/census2020.htm

SAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE
https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/technical-documentation/questionnaires/2020.html

HOW YOU CAN HELP
https://2020census.gov/en/how-to-help.html