Brooklyn: Federal count makes no Census!

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Don’t count out Brooklyn!

Borough leaders were slamming the US Census Bureau last Thursday after the agency claimed that Brooklyn grew by only 40,000 people over the past decade.

“It’s a mistake,” said Borough President Markowitz, pronouncing himself “flabbergas­ted” by the allegation that the borough grew by only 1.6 percent to 2,504,700.

“It is inconceivable that Brooklyn — the hottest borough in which to live, work and play — grew only a small percentage in the past decade,” said Markowitz. “If you just count the Hasidim from Williamsburg, the Satmar and the Lubavitch Hasidim in Crown Heights, you’ve got a 40,000 increase right there over the last 10 years.”

Brooklyn’s population is up from 2.465 million in 2000, but well below 2.579 million that the Census Bureau projected in 2009.

And the federal bean counters claim that the entire city of New York only added about 166,000 people since 2000, for a total population of 8.175 million, although the city says it is likely 8.4 million.

If the numbers from the constitutionally mandated decennial count hold, the city will face long-term consequences.

New York State is expected to lose two congressional seats when districts are redrawn later this year — and political insiders believe that Brooklyn or Queens could lose one of them.

And federal and state funds to the city, which is tied to population, would likely diminish.

As such, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) joined his fellow politicians in calling the Census count an “abomination,” an assessment that has become an once-a-decade ritual among urban lawmakers.

“Literally billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars were expended on this failed effort,” said Golden. “All avenues, including legal action, need to be explored in order to correct this injustice.”

Then again, it could be worse — Queens apparently grew only 0.1 percent, or 1,300 people, since 2000.

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Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
How is it that the Census shows the Bronx growing twice as fast as Brooklyn in the last decade? Were the Bronx census takers more effective than those in Brooklyn? Were Bronx residents, undocumented immigrants or otherwise, more likely to stand up and be counted in the Census?

Or is it possible that recent population growth in Brooklyn had been exaggerated by hype? There were few stories about the "renaissance" of the Bronx, yet according to the Census, it's doing pretty well in terms of growth.
March 25, 2011, 4:20 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
the missing people are in the state of florida which grew by 2.8 million people. the NY residents who could leave N.Y. did (the ones who pay taxes).....NO STATE INCOME TAX....FEW GIVEAWAY wonder it grew and NY didn't. what's so hard to figure out, if you want hand out's ...come to NY.
March 25, 2011, 4:42 pm
CHER from Crown Heigts says:
Crown Heights, We rock.
March 26, 2011, 8:08 pm

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