May 06, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Renew Push to Pass Legislation to Name Jamestown Post Office in Honor of Former Jamestown Mayor, NY Lt. Governor and U.S. Rep. Stan Lundine

Lundine’s Work as Mayor Put Jamestown on the Map as a Model for Labor-Management Cooperation

Washington, D.C. - Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today they are renewing their push for passage of legislation to have the United States Post Office in Jamestown, NY designated as "Stan Lundine Post Office Building," in honor of Stanley Nelson Lundine, former Mayor of Jamestown, New York Lt. Governor and United Stated Representative. The legislation, H.R. 6226 was introduced by U.S. Representative Brian Higgins and passed by the House in July 23, 2008 but it died in the Senate. In March, Rep. Higgins reintroduced and secured passage for the legislation, now referred to as H.R. 918.

To encourage passage of the bill in the Senate this year, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand wrote a letter to Chairman Carper and Ranking Member McCain of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management urging them to consider passage of the bill, the next critical step in moving the legislation forward.

"Stan Lundine is a model public servant and stayed true to his Jamestown roots as he went on to great things as Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Representative. Stan showed, and continues to show, incredible dedication to help the average person via such important issues as housing and economic development. Naming the Jamestown Post Office is a fitting tribute to an exemplary public servant who continues to dedicate his life to his community and I will continue to support this legislation to see that his good deeds are recognized," said Schumer.

"Stan Lundine represented the very best of Jamestown and all of New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "He served his state, his country, his community and family with honor, integrity and dignity. By naming his local post office in his honor, his legacy will live on in Jamestown - the community he loved and served so well."

Schumer and Gillibrand wrote in their letter, "Stan Lundine was a dedicated public servant throughout his many years in office.  Now, even out of office, he continues to be a steadfast advocate for his community.  H.R. 918 was passed by the House of Representatives on March 23, 2009.  Passage by the Senate would be a fitting tribute to Stan's lifelong commitment to serve his constituents and his community."


A full copy of the letter is below:


Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member McCain:

We write in support of H.R. 918, a bill to designate the United States Postal Service facility located at 300 East 3rd Street in Jamestown, New York, as the "Stan Lundine Post Office Building," and to encourage its consideration in the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management.

Stanley Nelson Lundine was born February 4, 1939 and grew up in Jamestown, NY.  He went on to serve his community as Mayor of Jamestown, a United States Representative, and Lieutenant Governor of New York.  While Stan was Mayor of Jamestown (1970-76), his work implementing a labor management strategy ended long-running labor conflicts.  Thanks to his work, Jamestown gained national attention as a model for labor/management cooperation.  As a Congressman from 1976-1987, he focused on finance, banking and economic development policy, and was a subcommittee chairman on the House Banking Committee.  Stan played an instrumental role in developing legislation that created labor/management councils and employee stock ownership plans.  In 1986, he became Lieutenant Governor of New York under Governor Mario Cuomo, where he devoted his service to addressing critical issues such as housing, economic development, technology, and job training programs.

Stan graduated from Duke University in 1961 and from the New York University School of Law in 1964. He is currently a member of the vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and serves on the Boards of Directors for several not-for-profit organizations, including the Chautauqua Institution, the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Fredonia College Foundation.

Stan Lundine was a dedicated public servant throughout his many years in office.  Now, even out of office, he continues to be a steadfast advocate for his community.  H.R. 918 was passed by the House of Representatives on March 23, 2009.  Passage by the Senate would be a fitting tribute to Stan's lifelong commitment to serve his constituents and his community. Thank you for your consideration of this legislation.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand