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Cuomo taps Miranda, Liu, MLK III to chair Census Council

January 20, 2020 GMT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new Census Council tjat will oversee outreach and other efforts to make sure the upcoming Census counts as many New Yorkers as possible.

The Democrat said that Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lucy Liu and Martin Luther King III have been tapped to co-chair the new council.

He said the council will hold conferences and work in hard-to-reach communities to make sure they’re counted.

In a statement, King said, “Being counted in the Census may well be second only to voting when it comes to citizen action.”

He added, “Unfortunately, people of color are the ones most often undercounted, which leads to negative consequences for their communities.”

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Cuomo said he also plans to propose another $10 million for the state’s Census efforts in this year’s budget, which if approved would bring state funding efforts up to $70 million.