Port Chester hosts census drive, back-to-school giveaway event
An event in Port Chester Saturday aimed to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 Census while also helping families get ready for the school year.
The cloudy skies and rain didn't stop crowds from turning out at the "Back to School Census" event.
Organizers say the census takes only minutes to complete, but will impact local communities for the next decade.
"For each person counted, the village earns $2,500 for support services, like lunch and food programs to feed senior citizens, transportation and it's also important for representation in Congress. It also helps to divide up our voting districts so we have proper representation," says Port Chester Trustee Joan Grangenois.
The Port Chester Housing Authority organized the giveaway of school supplies.
Officials say Port Chester is one of the lowest census-responding communities in Westchester.