Markowitz Mad Over Census: “Chassidim Themselves Up By 40,000”


president-marty-markowitzBorough leaders were slamming the US Census Bureau on 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 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.

{The Brooklyn Paper/ Newscenter}


  1. There are way more than 1million frum jews in the whole state of NY!

  2. Well, people were saying “Don’t answer the Census – it’s none of the government’s business.” Other people didn’t want to be bothered. A lot of people probably simply didn’t know what the Census was all about. (I got some surprisingly naive questions from people that I thought would know better.)

    So, if it’s none of the government’s business how many people are in Brooklyn, it’s none of the government’s concern that you won’t get any money. Why do all the anti-government people suddenly show up when it’s time to hand out the cash? If you don’t want government interference, then make it across the board. Don’t ask for food stamps, Section 8, child care vouchers, or Medicaid. If it’s “cool” to hate the government, don’t be a hypocrite about it.


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