UPDATE: Congress votes to approve unique ZIP code for Glendale, must pass Senate next – QNS.com

UPDATE: Congress votes to approve unique ZIP code for Glendale, must pass Senate next

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Glendale is one step closer to getting its own ZIP code.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Congress voted to approve a bill sponsored by Congresswoman Grace Meng that would give the community of Glendale its very own ZIP code. Glendale currently shares the 11385 ZIP code with neighboring Ridgewood, and has shared it for more than three decades.

“For almost thirty years, the residents of Glendale have sought to obtain a ZIP code for their community and the passage of this legislation is a giant step in finally making that happen,” Meng said after the vote. “Residents of Glendale have experienced mail and service related problems due to sharing the 11385 ZIP code with the neighboring community of Ridgewood. These problems include medications that were spoiled or not received due to mail processing errors, delays in first responder services to residents in need of care, and inaccuracies with GPS devices. Glendale also deserves to be recognized as its own community. I applaud this vote and I thank my colleagues for supporting it.”

“I am delighted that the Glendale ZIP code issue is finally coming to the attention of the House and the Postal Service,” said former Rep. Bob Turner who was the last member of Congress to work on the issue before Meng. “Hopefully, this can get done in a quick and bipartisan manner.”

Meng’s legislation was passed as part of a bipartisan postal bill (H.R. 6303) that establishes ZIP codes and renames post offices throughout the U.S. by voice vote around 4 p.m., and must still be approved by the Senate before the end of the year, and signed into law by President Barack Obama. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the bill would require the United States Postal Service (USPS) to create a ZIP code for Glendale by Sept. 30, 2017.

Meng has tried for three years to get her bill passed and urged Congressmen Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, the current respective chair and ranking member of the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform in an Aug. 29 letter where she cited several reasons as to why Glendale should have its own ZIP code, including residents complaining about problems receiving mail and the neighborhood not showing up on GPS devices.

Here is a video of Meng speaking on the Congress floor about the Glendale ZIP code issue:

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