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Lawmakers will give residents a chance to speak about NY’s declining population

State Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara plan to make an online questionnaire available for state residents to find out why people keep moving out of the state.

They made the announcement on Thursday that the questionnaire would target Upstate residents and how things could possibly be improved in the coming years.

“Let’s reach out to New Yorkers to find out what’s happening,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “If this continues we could face the possibility of losing a seat in the 2022 redistricting, reducing our representation in Washington DC. New York State must address the needs, interests, and concerns of these communities if we are serious about stopping the population decline.”

The state’s population has steadily decreased over the last four years. While workforce development and retention has been a major priority for the state government – few reassurances have been provided to Upstate residents.

The questionnaire will be released at a later date.



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