Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. just released this statement:
I am disturbed by media reports indicating that, so far, only two percent of Bronx residents have returned the 2010 Census questionnaire. I cannot stress this enough, if we do not count, we will miss out. It’s only ten questions, and it takes only ten minutes. The census results play a major role in deciding how much funding is made available to programs in our borough. Bronxites, please fill out the form and send it back before April 1. It’s our responsibility, stand up and be counted!In parts of Soundview not a single questionnaire has been returned, according to The Times. We're assuming Diaz, who happens to live in the neighborood with his wife and two children, has already completed his and dropped it in the mail.
To track your neighborhood's participation rate, visit the Census' Web site.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m. - State Senator Pedro Espada is holding a Census outreach event on Saturday morning outside the Mosholu post office on Jerome Avenue. Details here.