The fight for a new zip code dedicated to residents of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton slowly moved forward last week, with a bill to create the new postal code passing out of committee in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 16.
Although the move is only the first of several required, it allows the legislation—a bill that creates five new zip codes nationally—to move onto a general House vote, as early as December. From there, the bill will move on to the U.S. Senate and, if approved, could be signed by the president by the end of the year.
Residents of the three hamlets have been pushing for the creation of the new zip code for decades. Many residents share not only the same 11901 zip code as Riverhead Town but the same street names, making it difficult for mail, emergency services, and visitors to find the correct final destination.
“For residents in Flanders, Northampton and Riverside, a new zip code has been a top priority for several years,” U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin said in a release. “According to research initiated by the concerned residents of these hamlets, there are currently 18 identical street names and 32 similar street names, and possibly more, that are shared between these Southampton hamlets and Riverhead Town. The delay of deliveries caused by this issue is not just a nuisance to the local community, but these packages can hold important goods, like medications, which can greatly impact quality of life and well-being.”