At its core, New Jersey’s 2020 Census effort will be a matter of effectuating a statutory mandate.
Recently-enacted law establishes a “New Jersey Complete Count Commission” consisting of 27 members. As the statute provides, it “shall be the duty of the commission to develop, recommend, and assist in the administration of a census outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census of population.” The commission will hold at least 3 public hearings in different regions of the state.
By law, the Secretary of State shall serve as commission chairperson and the convener of these efforts. In addition, the statute demands that the Department of State “shall provide the staff services necessary to support the functions of the commission.”
The federal government has a constitutional obligation to conduct an “actual enumeration” of the national population every 10 years by determining the “whole number of persons” in the United States. This count is known as the Census.
The Hon. Tahesha Way, Chair
The Hon. Jon Bramnick
The Hon. Nia Gill
The Hon. Verlina Reynolds Jackson
The Hon. Yvonne Lopez
The Hon. Gabriela M. Mosquera
The Hon. Nilsa Cruz-Perez
The Hon. Nellie Pou
The Hon. Douglas R. Cabana
The Hon. James L. Cassella
Reverend Kenneth Darryl Ray Clayton
Sara Z. Cullinane, Esq.
Eileen De Freece-Wilson
The Hon. Maura R. DeNicola
Maria Bonita Duncan
Gail B. Gordon, Esq.
Michael E. Greene, Esq.
Stacy A. Johnson
Laura E. Matos
Gualberto (Gil) Medina
Mary L. Rivera
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq.
Thursday, March 21st, 5:30 p.m.
Passaic County Community College
1 College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505
If you would like to attend the hearing or provide testimony to the Commission, please use this RSVP Form and you will be contacted with additional details.
Parking: Hearing attendees can park for free at Lot 8 on College Blvd and Church Streets, just one block from the event. Attendees will be given parking vouchers at the event for exit from the lot. The lot closes at 8 PM.
Map for Parking Lot 8: http://www.patersonparking.org/parking.html