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Nov 29, 2016 12:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: U.S. House Approves Bill To Create Flanders Zip Code Wednesday

Congressman Lee Zeldin at a press conference in Flanders on Tuesday morning about creating a zipcode for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton.
Dec 1, 2016 10:34 AM

UPDATE: Thursday, 9:44 a.m.

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.”

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All Hail Representative Lee Zeldin!

Anna *who???*

By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Nov 29, 16 2:29 PM
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Looks like Mr. Wheeler's gone off his meds again. Yes, Lee Zeldin, among others, deserves abundant credit for his efforts toward getting a separate zip code for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton. I'd even go so far as to say he's done the most significant recent work in this regard.

But "All Hail Representative Lee Zeldin"? I don't think so. That's a bit much, unless of course Mr. Wheeler wants to imitate Richard Spencer at a recent alt-right conference, shouting "Hail Trump! Hail our ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1870), Quiogue on Nov 29, 16 5:19 PM
George, really...

Mr. Wheeler is just happy that a Congressman has learned where Northampton is. I'm quite positive that geographical location is very hazy to Queen Anna. No money to be made there. The last politician that "had Northamptons back" was a Dem dealing drugs. Who was in Anna's back pocket... figuratively, not literally...Some fine example you Libs are.

Still reeling from Election Day?
By Draggerman (823), Southampton on Nov 29, 16 7:59 PM
"George, really..." indeed!

I think that the results of the recent election has seriously unhinged you -- you've been on a losing streak lately.

First your preferred candidate loses in a primary, and you feel the necessity to start backing (and proselytizing for here) your party's 2nd choice while desperately trying to come up with negatives about the incumbent, something the media organization which hosts this website couldn't even do when they endorsed AT-H.

(You knew ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Dec 2, 16 3:47 PM
This will allow the community to grow better by having its own zipcode will show how much lower the average income is from 11968, which will provide for more federal funding if applied for. North Sea should be next. CDBG's could do alot for the areas..... Great News
By North Sea Citizen (501), North Sea on Nov 30, 16 6:21 AM
Even we are slowly being the rural equivalent of gentrified.

Did you see the monstrosity which was recently built on Mary's Lane?
Nov 30, 16 6:39 AM appended by Mr. Z
Pardon, "slowly being put to the rural equivalent of gentrification."
By Mr. Z (10564), North Sea on Nov 30, 16 6:39 AM
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