Obama Signs Legislation Designating ‘Herman Badillo’ Post Office In Morrisania

Renaming of the Morrisania Post Office for Herman Badillo


Herman BadilloToday, President Obama signed legislation into law renaming of the Morrisania Post Office in honor of Herman Badillo, New York’s first elected congressman of Puerto Rican heritage.


In a statement Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. said, “I am especially grateful to our United State Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as our borough’s Congressional delegation—Jose Serrano, Charles Rangel, Joseph Crowley and Eliot Engel—for their considerable support of this legislation. I look forward to celebrating the renaming of this historic building for an icon of service, Herman Badillo, in the near future.”


After Mr. Badillo died earlier this year, Diaz was the first official to propose renaming the Morrisania Post Office in honor of Herman Badillo’s Congressional service. Herman Badillo was a political pioneer in law, politics and government. Mr. Badillo was elected Bronx Borough President in 1965 at a time when Puerto Ricans were a small segment of the borough’s population. He was also a Deputy Mayor and Member of the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees.


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