Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has appeared in a rare public service announcement to encourage New Yorkers to fill out the 2020 Census.
In a brief video released by NYC Census 2020 on April 13, Breyer urged people to take the questionnaires seriously, saying the information is vital to the country.
"Today, I want to encourage you to fill out your census forms," the 81-year-old justice said in the video. "How many representatives your state has in Congress depends on the answers to those questions."
During the video, Breyer emphasized how important the census was to New Yorkers who are at the U.S. epicenter of the CCP virus pandemic, which has resulted in lockdowns that have devastated New York City's economy. More than 10,000 deaths in the state have been attributed to the virus.
"New York has been going through a very difficult time with coronavirus, just terrible," he said. "The amount of health care aid, of hospital aid, of emergency aid, of school aid, for New York and every other state depends upon the answers to your questionnaires."
U.S. residents have until Aug. 14 to complete the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.