CHIN, DROMM, COMMUNITY ADVOCATES HAIL PASSAGE OF DATA EQUITY BILLS
New York, NY – Today NYC Council Members Margaret Chin (D-Lower Manhattan) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst),
Intro 251-A will require the Department of Social Services, the Administration for Children’s Services, the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department for the Aging, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Education to collect data on the top 30
Intro 551-A will require these agencies to include an option for multiracial ancestry or ethnic origin.
Intro 552-A will require these agencies to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Resolution 472 calls on the state and federal governments to amend their official forms and databases to accommodate multiracial identification in all instances where racial identification is required.
Council Members Chin and Dromm anticipate that Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign all three pieces of legislation into law in the coming weeks.
“This legislation is not just about boxes we check off when filling out government forms. It’s about recognizing every New Yorker as an integral part of the diversity that makes our city the greatest in the world,” said
“Now we count,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm, prime sponsor of Intros 251-A and 552-A.
“The Asian Pacific American is the fastest growing community in New York City. Yet little is known about the over 40 different ethnic groups that comprises the APA community and the needs of our diverse communities. We know from our members that services and resources are not adequately allocated to meet the growing demand of APA communities because little data is available. For too long, when city agencies issue reports, APAs are either not mentioned, categorized simply as ‘Asian,’ ‘Asian/Pacific Islander,’ or ‘Other,’ said
“No matter who they are, when populations aren’t counted they remain invisible to government,”
“We commend Council Members Danny Dromm and Margaret Chin for pushing forward this legislation that will make data collection more accurate and reflective of the communities that make up our city,”
“We strongly support this legislation because it’s critical that our city have comprehensive and accurate data on race, ethnicity, multi-racial identity, sexual orientation and gender identity,” said
“The Asian American Federation applauds Council Member Margaret Chin and Council Member Daniel Dromm’s sponsorship of these multiracial bills and resolution to collect disaggregated information about individuals’ ethnicity, primary language, gender identity, and sexual orientation on government forms,”
“Good data is the cornerstone of good policy and good programs,” said
“We applaud Council
“Disaggregation of data in Asian American communities is critical to addressing the uniquely different challenges in the South Asian, Southeast Asian, and East Asian communities,” said
“Callen-Lorde is thrilled that our New York City Council has passed this slate of very important demographic data collection bills,”
“Arab-Americans have historically been erased from the U.S. Census, classified as ‘White,’ and at times, ‘Black’ or ‘Asian,’ said
“As a person with multiple identities, which include my sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, I truly believe that this collection of data by our city government will help improve lives,” said
“Collecting demographic data on the Indo-Caribbean community and many other ethnic groups is critical to unlocking some of the most pressing issues facing our diverse City,” said
“Intro 552 A is an important step for New York City to begin having an estimate of how many LGBTQ people are in our great city,” said
“The City Council and Council Member Daniel Dromm in particular should be commended for passing these important bills,” said
“As a former high school