The 2010 United States Census is underway in earnest, but as of Tuesday, April 6, Census return rates for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village were only 59% and 61 %, respectively. Completing and returning the Census is enormously important for all New Yorkers, but being accurately counted is especially important for Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village tenants as you fight for the future of your homes. There is tremendous negotiating strength in ST/PCV’s approximately 25,000 residents and we need to be sure that each and every one of you is counted. Moreover, Census data helps to determine how legislative districts are drawn and how funds for hospitals, schools, transportation and social services are distributed. For each person counted, our city and state will receive almost $30,000 dollars over the next decade. Federal, state and local governments as well as businesses also base many of their decisions on Census data. The amount of money available for state aid; which neighborhoods need schools, health clinics or bus service; even where to open a new supermarket – all of these are based on information that comes from the Census. The information you provide in the Census is confidential by law and thus cannot be shared with any other agency. If you have not done so already, I urge you to take ten minutes to fill in and mail back your Census form today. Those who did not return their form will be called or visited by a Census worker at substantial taxpayer expense. Despite those additional efforts, many people will not answer their phones or doors - leading to an undercount. For more information about the 2010 Census please visit the Census website at or call my office http://2010.census.gov at 212-633-8052. And, if you would like to track ST/PCV’s participation rate, you can do so at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/.