As expected, the bill that would create a new zip code for the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets unanimously passed the House of Representatives in a voice vote on Wednesday afternoon.
The action marks the farthest any legislation to create a new zip code for the three hamlets has gotten, but it must still be approved by the Senate and the president before the new postal code will go into effect.
“This is an effort that residents, local elected officials, and community organizations have been working on for many years,” Mr. Zeldin said in a statement. “It is an honor to be their voice in the House.”
A bill that would create a new zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton, among other things, was expected to be approved in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
If it passes as expected, the measure would still need to be approved by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Barack Obama.
Regardless, the bill’s expected passage in the House would represent the furthest that any similar measure has advanced in the past decade, with U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin stating that it is possible that the new zip code could be approved before the end of the year.
Titled H.R. 6303, the bill was first presented by U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform—the division of government that controls the U.S. Postal Service. If finalized, the measure would rename roughly 10 post offices nationwide, most of them after military servicemen.
The bill would also create five new zip codes in the nation, with one going to the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton. The resolution also looks to create zip codes for Miami Lakes, Florida; Storey County, Nevada; Ocoee, Florida; and Glendale, New York.
The measure was approved by the House committee in November.
“I have been working to advance this bill, and I am here today to announce a major development,” Mr. Zeldin said during a press conference at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders on Tuesday morning. “This bill has been scheduled for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives tomorrow, and it is expected to pass.”
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.
Ron Fisher, the president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, said on Tuesday that he was thrilled about the development, adding that he was thankful for all of the hard work of the two congressmen and all of those who have been pushing for a new zip code.
“I want to thank everyone here who has been fighting for this for decades,” Mr. Fisher said.
He then added, addressing Mr. Zeldin: “I really want to thank you for getting this as far as you’ve gotten it and for not taking no for an answer, and for continuing to advocate for us.”