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NY could lose House seat as Census estimates drop in population

Officials say the Empire State had 126,000 fewer residents this past July compared to the year before.

News 12 Staff

Dec 24, 2020, 4:15 AM

Updated 1,274 days ago

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New census estimates mean New York could be losing a voice in Washington.
Officials say the Empire State had 126,000 fewer residents this past July compared to the year before.
One report says the drop could lose a seat in the House of Representatives.
"One seat probably doesn't tip the balance of power," says Lary Levy, executive dean of Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. "The ability of the political people in Washington representing New York to deliver for the state. It's still a disturbing trend."
If the state does lose a seat, New York would have fewer seats than Florida for the first time in history.  
Levy says the reason for the dip is a combination of things -- baby boomers retiring to less expensive and warmer locations, fewer immigrants due to federal policies and the pandemic.


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