The Empire State version of the blame game was in full swing Tuesday as political leaders reacted to a Census tally that found the state 89 people short of keeping its current number of 27 congressional districts.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the Trump administration.
“Census takers in New York faced unprecedented challenges last year in their efforts to get New Yorkers counted — from the pandemic’s effect on the mail system to the Trump Administration’s xenophobic, flagrant, and illegal efforts to hurt blue states by discouraging non-citizens and people of color from being counted,” Cuomo said in a statement, referring to former President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful 2019 effort to force the Census to add a question about citizenship.
“[W]e won’t allow Trump and his cronies to use one of our greatest attributes — our diversity — as an impediment. I’m calling on the Attorney General to review all legal options