Rep. Zeldin Announces House Passage of Bill to Create New Zip Code for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton

November 30, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced that H.R. 6303, new legislation that was introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R, UT-3), which includes a section within the bill that would create a new, unique zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton, in the Town of Southampton, passed the House of Representatives today unanimously by voice vote.

Earlier today, Congressman Zeldin spoke on the House floor to express his support for the bill. You can watch the video here

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am pleased to announce that H.R. 6303, which would create a new, unique zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton, has passed the House. These three hamlets currently share the same zip code with the nearby Town of Riverhead and there are at least 18 identical street names and 32 similar street names. This causes a number of issues, including delay of mail and packages, which can hold important goods like medications. Shared street names can also delay the response time of emergency and medical personnel in situations where every second counts. Securing this new zip code is an effort that I have been working on since entering Congress in 2015, working closely with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who even came to Flanders to hear the concerns of those impacted in our community firsthand. Chairman Chaffetz’s committee has jurisdiction over the United States Postal Service, and I thank him for his commitment to address this issue. House passage of H.R. 6303 is an important step forward to secure a new zip code, but now the next step is for the Senate to pass the bill as well. This process does not require a Senate sponsor, although if a Senator chooses to introduce the same bill separately that wouldn’t hurt. I will continue advocating for the Senate to do so immediately, so that we can get this bill signed into law before the end of the year. This is an effort that residents, local elected officials, and community organizations have been working on for many years, and it is an honor to be their voice in the House.”

Congressman Zeldin also supports another proposal, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714), which was also introduced by Chairman Chaffetz and would also create a new, unique zip code for Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton. This bill was passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 12, 2016 and awaits further action by the House. Congressman Zeldin will continue to pursue every legislative option available to achieve the goal of a new zip code for these communities.