NY could lose a house seats after the 2020 census due to outflow from the state.
Some reports speculated that Alexandria Ocasio’s seat could be at risk.
AOC is now fighting back by starring in a commercial about the census and trying to ensure NYers are counted.
NBC reports two of the nation’s most prominent Latino New Yorkers, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, are starring in a new ad to urge New Yorkers to participate in the 2020 census to avoid another population undercount in the city.
The public service announcement starts with Ocasio-Cortez standing in front of a diverse crowd in a classroom-like space resembling some of the training sessions organized by NYC Census 2020, a $40 million initiative established by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council to boost census participation.
“The census is a count of everyone in the United States, no matter your immigration status. The census count is how our communities get billions of dollars for programs that we all rely on,” she says as Miranda comes in late and sneaks into the back of the room.
Miranda then proceeds to join Ocasio-Cortez in explaining some of the questions that will be included in the census.
“The census asks how many people live in your home, do you rent or own, everyone’s names, how you’re all related, age, ethnicity and home phone number,” says Miranda.
The #2020Census will determine NYC’s funding and representation for the next 10 years.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 27, 2020
Western Journal reported in January newly released population data from New York could spell trouble for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the prospect of the Empire State losing up to two congressional seats following the 2020 Census.
The New York delegation currently consists of 27 members of the House of Representatives.
However, the state recently experienced its fourth year in a row of population decline, according to a report released this week by the Empire Center.
In fact, New York saw a net outflow of just shy of 181,000 people in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2019.
Further, the state only “gained 45,753 foreign immigrants over the previous year — the lowest annual immigrant total since 2010, and the second lowest in at least 58 years,” according to the Empire Center.