SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced that he has appointed Tory Russo, currently his public information officer, as census coordinator for the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census count.
She will be the city’s point person in coordinating with the Census Bureau, state, and local government, as well as with private and nonprofit organizations, volunteer groups, and other community organizations that represent people impacted by the census, according to a City of Syracuse news release.
Russo will transition to the full-time Census focus in April. A Central New York Community Foundation grant is providing initial funding for this new position.
Russo has served as Walsh’s public information officer since January 2018. Before that, she worked with PEACE, Inc. and with Hopeprint in communications and youth-programming positions, respectively. She is a 2016 graduate of Syracuse University with a dual major in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship.
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