08.22.19

MORELLE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO DEDICATE FAIRPORT POST OFFICE TO LOUISE AND BOB SLAUGHTER IS SIGNED INTO LAW

Rochester, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that legislation to dedicate a Fairport post office in honor of the late Louise and Bob Slaughter has been signed into law by the President.

“I couldn’t be more proud that the first piece of legislation I’ve introduced to be signed into law is a well-deserved tribute to my extraordinary predecessor and dear friend, Louise Slaughter, who contributed so much to our community,” said Congressman Morelle. “Louise and her husband, Bob, had a deep love of Rochester and their hometown of Fairport, and they worked tirelessly to champion the needs of their neighbors. Louise was a trailblazer who exemplified the very essence of what public service is all about.  I am grateful to my partners in the New York Delegation and my colleagues in the Senate for supporting this legislation to memorialize her legacy for years to come.”

“Congresswoman Slaughter was Monroe County’s champion, never backing down from her fight to expand healthcare and improve civil rights. Louise represented her Monroe County community with dignity, class and honor, and along with her husband Bob, made it a more welcoming and better place for all,” said Senator Schumer. “Louise and Bob Slaughter loved their hometown of Fairport, where they raised their family, supported their neighbors and thoughtfully engaged in civic and community work during their 50 years in Fairport. I couldn’t be more proud of the role in played in having this fitting tribute to Congresswoman Slaughter’s trailblazing legacy and countless legislative accomplishments signed into law.”

“It’s wonderful news that the bill to rename the Fairport post office in memory of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and her husband Bob was signed into law,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Throughout her career, Louise Slaughter was unwavering in her advocacy on behalf of the Rochester community and her country. She fiercely defended our shared values as Americans and she will be remembered as one of the great, pioneering women in our country’s history. This post office designation is a fitting and meaningful tribute that will help honor Louise and Bob Slaughter’s memory in the community they served.”

"For more than 55 years, our parents made Fairport their home, and from their first days here, they were engaged in the community. They were both students of history and would be honored to have this United States Post Office named in their honor,” said Robin Slaughter Minerva, daughter of Louise and Bob Slaughter. “The US Postal Service was established in 1775, and it continues to serve a critical function in American society. It is a public service with a civic mandate central to businesses and households. The USPS is one of the largest employers in the US and one of the largest employers of veterans, helping hundreds of thousands of Americans to reach the middle class. My parents, who held public service in the highest regard, would be humbled by this honor and I thank Congressman Morelle, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for helping to make it a reality."

The facility to be renamed in Louise and Bob Slaughter’s honor is located at 770 Ayrault Rd in Fairport, NY. Currently a carrier annex, the facility will be undergoing renovations over the next year to become a full retail post office.

This legislation, H.R. 540, was the first legislation introduced by Rep. Morelle following his election and marks his first bill to be signed into law. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand wrote a letter of support for this bill and were critical to helping ensure its passage in the Senate.

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