2003-11-27 / Other News

Post Office To Be Named For Slain City Councilman

Post Office To Be Named For Slain City Councilman

Congressman Ed Towns has announced that the post office located at 315 Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, will be renamed the "James E. Davis Post Office Building," in honor of the late City Councilman who was gunned down in City Hall last summer. The bill passed the House of Representatives last week, which followed Senate approval late last month. Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced an identical version of the Senate bill.

"One could always see the love James had for his neighbors and constituents," said Towns. "Naming a post office after him will be a lasting tribute to all of his hard work for the community that he loved so much. While we still have a heavy heart for losing such a good friend, the James E. Davis post office can help us to celebrate his life.

"James Davis was a cornerstone of his community," said Senator Schumer. "Renaming this beautiful building, which sits on a vibrant block in the middle of his district, will be a lasting reminder of everything James stood for, and everything he led his community to achieve."

Councilman Davis, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, was murdered in a violent shooting in New York City Hall on July 23. Before becoming a New York City Councilman, he served as a policeman, including a stint with the 69th Precinct, and a corrections officer.

"On that tragic day, we lost a true public servant," said Towns. "He worked very hard and took his duties as a public servant very, very seriously. He was only 41 years old and had served almost one term in the New York City Council. But he had already made his mark. I hope this post office will be part of his lasting legacy."

Once the bill is signed into law by President Bush, a dedication ceremony at the post office will follow.

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