2009-05-13 / Features

Post Office Named For Ferraro

BY JOHN TOSCANO

A bill recently passed by the House of Representatives and sponsored by Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Joseph Crowley, Anthony Weiner, Gary Ackerman, Nita Lowey, who formerly represented Queens, and 13 other legislators, renames the Long Island City Post Office at 46-02 21st St. in honor of Geraldine Ferraro, former congressmember and in 1984 candidate for vice president on the Democratic ticket with Walter Mondale.
Citing Geraldine Ferraro as "a trailblazer, role model and leader", Congressmember Carolyn Maloney last week hailed the passage of a bill naming the main post office in Long Island City in honor of her former colleague in Congress.

"Through all of Geraldine's many successes in life, people in the area of Queens she represented remember her as their congresswoman—a tenacious fighter who stood up for them and their interests.

"She never forgot where she came from and they have never forgotten her. Thousands of her former constituents use the main post office every week, and I know they will be delighted to have this important neighborhood institution named in her honor."

Ferraro, now engaged in private law practice, served three terms in Congress, leaving the post after she ran for vice president in 1984 as Walter Mondale's running mate, earning a place in history as the first woman in this country to seek that office.

Mondale and Ferraro were defeated by Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

Responding to the House's action of the bill honoring her, Ferraro stated, "I'm honored and humbled that the House voted to name a post office after me, particularly one in my former district in Long Island City. Through my service on the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee, I saw first hand that few functions of the federal government are as important as delivering the mail. I thank Congresswoman Maloney and all my friends in Congress for their support, and I thank my former constituents in Queens for the trust they placed in me."

One of Ferraro's first successful efforts as a lawmaker was establishing the 11385 ZIP Code for Glendale residents who had long complained that being considered part of the Ridgewood postal zone created difficulties because Ridgewood postal facilities were too far from their homes and inconvenient.

The Long Island City Post Office building is located at 46-02 21st St. Formal dedication ceremonies are being planned.

Also rising in Congress last week to pay tribute to Ferraro was Congressmember Joseph Crowley, who now represents the district Ferraro once served. Crowley succeeded the late Thomas Manton who, in turn, succeeded Ferraro in 1984.

Crowley in his speech, cited three famous women whose busts are displayed prominently in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in tribute to their roles in the historic efforts to establish equal rights for women. These women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott, Crowley declared, "would agree that Geraldine Ferraro was exactly the kind of woman they were fighting for".

Crowley (D- Queens/The Bronx) continued, "Geraldine proudly followed in the footsteps of these great women, continuing the fight to ensure the rights of women and breaking down barriers and stereotypes along the way."

During her years in Congress, Crowley noted, Ferraro had focused much of her legislative attention on equity for women in the areas of wages, pensions and retirement plans. "The recent passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act are homage to her tireless work on behalf of women," he declared.

Crowley added, "Following the path of women who came before her, Geraldine Ferraro has helped pave the way for our daughters to achieve anything they set their minds to. As the current representative of her former district, I am proud to call Geraldine Ferraro a leader, a mentor and, most important, a friend."

The bill's co-sponsors included Crowley, Queens lawmakers Anthony Weiner and Gary Ackerman, Congressmember Nita Lowey, who formerly represented Queens, and 13 other legislators.

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