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Mike Bloomberg is afraid of no man, not even Uncle Sam: the mayor has issued a formal challenge to the 2010 US Census for mistakenly classifying a large number of housing units as vacant. Citing miscounts for two local census office bureaus—Office 2227, which covers Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, and Office 2235 in Astoria and Jackson Heights—the mayor's office is requesting a recount, as census data has a clear impact on how much federal aid the city receives. Something was clearly rotten in the state of New York: the census had found that Brooklyn's population growth was only 1.6% in the past decade, with the Queens population stagnant at 0.1% growth. [The Real Deal]