Congressman Anthony Brindisi wants to make sure that all Upstate New Yorkers, including those in the rural areas, get counted in the 2020 Census.
The congressman says one of the policies of the Census Bureau is to only deliver Census response forms to at-home mailing addresses, and to exclude delivery to post office boxes.
Brindisi says that because many rural households don't have mailboxes, and rely on P.O. boxes – thousands of people are at risk of not being counted in next year’s census.
Brindisi, along with Congressman Antonio Delgado, and other congressional representatives, wrote a letter to the Census Bureau director outlining problems with how the Census handles rural areas.
If the current census policy stays the same, Brindisi says Upstate New York is at risk of being undercounted, which could affect federal aid, or programs that are based on population size.
NewsChannel 2 reached out to the Census Bureau for comment, but have not yet heard back.