Exclusive: After Overseeing Record NYC Response, Census Director Julie Menin Departs

November 10, 2020

Census Director Julie Menin announced her resignation from the Bill de Blasio administration today.

This is weeks after overcoming the COVID crisis, fiscal crisis, and hostility from the Trump administration to achieve record census response rates in New York City.

Menin leaves city government after years of service in both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations, including Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commissioner of Media & Entertainment, Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel, and Redistricting Commissioner.

Menin leaves city government after years of service in both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations, including Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commissioner of Media & Entertainment, Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel, and Redistricting Commissioner.

“Julie Menin has an extraordinary record of public service to her fellow New Yorkers, and I’m immensely proud of everything she has achieved in my administration,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’ll miss her hard work and creativity, and I wish her the best of luck with all her future endeavors.”


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“This year’s census was the challenge of a lifetime, and I’m proud to have helped immigrant communities and communities of color make their voices heard this year.”

“Serving the city I love has been a tremendous honor – and I know New York City’s best days still lie ahead,” said Julie Menin. “This year’s census was the challenge of a lifetime, and I’m proud to have helped immigrant communities and communities of color make their voices heard this year.”

New York City’s census response beat expectations, and surpassed response rates for cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Dallas, and Baltimore, among others. In prior roles, Menin helped launch and implement the Paid Sick Leave Law, the Living Wage Law, and the Commuter Benefits Law; negotiated the historic deal to bring the Grammy Awards back to New York City; and launched a non-profit initiative to fund over 10,000 kindergartners with a college savings account.

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