For weeks, the only New York City council district without a councilmember has recorded the lowest census response rate in the five boroughs.

The lack of representation in Bushwick and East New York’s District 37, home to a huge “hard to count” population, has only complicated census outreach efforts there, say city officials and the district’s former councilmember, Rafael Espinal.

Just 47 percent of households in District 37 completed their 2020 Census forms as of Sept. 1, according to weekly reports compiled by the city’s census team.

Former Councilmember Rafael Espinal’s district has the city’s lowest census response rate. Espinal left office in January and has not been replaced. Photo by John McCarten/City Council For weeks, the only New York City council district without a councilmember has recorded the lowest census response rate in the five […]

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