WASHINGTON - The latest count of Americans by the U.S. Census was released today, and as a result, New York will lose two of the state's 29 congressional seats.

During a press conference in Washington, D.C., Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the results of the 2010 U.S. Census, which showed a major shift in population toward the southern and western parts of the country since the last census in 2000.

The new count also means that eight states will gain congressional seats, while nine states, including New York, lose representatives.

The state Assembly and Senate will decide which two seats are lost, and it's possible that one of them will come from Long Island.

Political analyst Jerry Kremer says losing two seats will result in New York, and maybe Long Island, losing some clout in Washington, D.C. and perhaps losing some federal dollars.

"When you lose two seats, you lose two voices asking for money for New York State and for Long Island," he says.

The big winner of the census was Texas, which gained four congressional seats.

All of the changes to congressional delegations will take place in 2012.