The city has decided to formally challenge the results of the 2010 Census, saying federal aid to New York hangs in the balance.
In a letter to the United States Census Bureau, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says large numbers of housing units were mistakenly classified as vacant by census offices in Brooklyn and Queens.
Bloomberg says the city’s population could rise by tens of thousands if errors by those two offices were corrected.
The mayor says adjustments by the Census bureau would then help the city get the proper federal funding it deserves.
In a statement, Senator Charles Schumer called the census “poorly conducted” and said, in part, “To say there are abandoned buildings in growing, bustling neighborhoods is on its face absurd. The City is right to file this challenge.”