Waldwick frustrated by slow pace in renaming post office for fallen soldier

Waldwick frustrated by slow pace in renaming post office for fallen soldier


By:  Steve Janoski
The Record


Borough officials are frustrated at news that a House of Representatives bill that would rename the Waldwick post office for a local Marine killed in Afghanistan three years ago is unlikely to be discussed by the House until this fall.

The legislation, introduced in late March by Rep. Scott Garrett, would rename the post office at 1 Walter Hammond Place the “Staff Sergeant Joseph D'Augustine Post Office Building” in recognition of D’Augustine, a 29-year-old borough Marine killed in action in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in March 2012...

...Local officials have been working to rename the post office since his death, but the process, which requires both houses of Congress to pass a bill and the president to sign it into law, can be glacial.

Although the bill passed the House unanimously in June 2014, the Senate did not take up the legislation, and so it could not be signed into law and had to be re-introduced. In May of this year, however, a Senate version, sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, passed less than a month after its April 16 introduction.

Giordano said renaming the post office would be a “fitting tribute” for the local hero...

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