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Congresswoman Grace Meng

Representing the 6th District of New York

House Passes Meng Legislation to Create Zip Code for Glendale, Queens

Nov 30, 2016
Press Release

Legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) that would provide Glendale, Queens with its own ZIP code was passed this afternoon by the House of Representatives.

“For almost thirty years, the residents of Glendale have sought to obtain a ZIP code for their community and the passage of this legislation is a giant step in finally making that happen,” said Meng. “Residents of Glendale have experienced mail and service related problems due to sharing the 11385 ZIP code with the neighboring community of Ridgewood. These problems include medications that were spoiled or not received due to mail processing errors, delays in first responder services to residents in need of care, and inaccuracies with GPS devices. Glendale also deserves to be recognized as its own community. I applaud this vote and I thank my colleagues for supporting it.”

“I am delighted that the Glendale ZIP code issue is finally coming to the attention of the House and the Postal Service,” said former Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens) who was the last member of Congress to work on the issue before Meng. “Hopefully, this can get done in a quick and bipartisan manner.”

Meng’s measure passed as part of a broad bipartisan postal bill (H.R. 6303) that establishes ZIP codes and renames post offices throughout the U.S. Her legislation was included in the bill after she urged the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to attach it to any postal-related legislation that the panel may pass by the end of 2016 (when the current session of Congress ends). The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the panel with jurisdiction over postal issues.

Meng’s legislation would require the United States Postal Service to designate a single, unique ZIP code for the area that encompasses Glendale, New York. The Congresswoman introduced the bill in February 2015. She also sponsored a version in 2014 during the last session of Congress.

H.R. 6303, which passed by voice vote, must still be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President. Under the bill, the Postal Service must create a ZIP code for Glendale by September 30, 2017.

Below are the remarks that Meng delivered on the House floor when the bill was brought up for a vote.

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“Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 6303, which includes a section to establish a new ZIP code for the community of Glendale, New York. This section is identical to legislation I introduced in February 2015, H.R. 657.

I thank Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Chaffetz for authoring this legislation, and I thank Ranking Member Cummings for his support.

For almost thirty years, the residents of Glendale, New York, have sought to obtain a unique ZIP code for their community in Queens. They have experienced mail and service related problems due to sharing a ZIP code with the neighboring community of Ridgewood. These problems include medications that were spoiled or not received due to mail processing errors, delays in first responder services to residents in need of care, and inaccuracies with GPS devices.

Roughly one quarter of Glendale’s population is eligible to receive Medicare or will become eligible in the next decade. Many use a mail-order pharmacy to receive their prescription drugs, and many more will use such services in the years to come. A single, unique ZIP code for Glendale will ensure that mail delivery will be improved in the future.

Creating a new ZIP code for Glendale has been an ongoing and bipartisan challenge for Members of Congress who previously represented the area. I commend them for their efforts on behalf of the community, especially my predecessor Representative Bob Turner.

When I took office in the 113th Congress, the only recourse left to address this matter was through legislation. I am grateful to Chairman Chaffetz for including Glendale in this legislation. It has been a long fight for the community of Glendale to receive its own ZIP code.

Mr. Speaker, before I close I would like to thank the local elected officials, civic associations, and community activists who have voiced their support for this issue over the years. In particular, I would like to thank Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, New York State Assemblymen Michael Miller and Andrew Hevesi, and New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. I would also like to thank Dorie Figliola, the Glendale Property Owners Association, Glendale Civic Association, and Citizens for a Better Ridgewood for their advocacy. 

Mr. Speaker, I thank you for allowing this legislation to the floor for a vote today, and I urge all of my colleagues to support this important measure.”