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Letter To Editor: Dear Congressman Zeldin


Dear Congressman Zeldin:

I remember Bill Carney well as back in those days we were both members of the Conservative Party of New York (to whom I fled  from the Democratic party ranks) and supported the Right  to Life of unborn children,  which had been struck down first by Gov. Rockefeller here in NY and then nationally by Roe vs. Wade.  
I worked with Bill when he ran for Congress the same year that Barbara Keating of Westchester, who was a prominent NY conservative, ran for governor under the newly formed Right to Life Party. Ms. Keating’s campaign garnished enough votes to make the Right to Life Party official on the ballots here in  NY and made it possible for Ellen McCormack to run for President of the United States on that  line.  The abortion issue was here to stay until all human life became protected by law permanently.
As much as I was grateful to Bill Carney and the issues he supported I am now disenchanted with the party sytem itself and the huge amounts of money spent on campaigns and the corruption engendered by the power that is wielded.  Bill was only a Congressman for one term, if my memory serves me correctly.  It was such a short time that I’m sure his name isn’t even familiar to most voters here now.  I was shocked to receive  your letter informing us of the renaming of the Smithtown Post Office.
We have a large and beautiful town here, and its name deserves to remain on the Post Office, not that of a person whose politics was barely noticeable in our town history.  I’m sorry but while you represent me on most issues, I believe this appears to be a cheap political move and departs from the tradition and pride that most places still bestow on their home towns by displaying the town’s name prominently and proudly on their post office.
Eileen Feather.  (Proud Smithtown resident for 46 years)


Lee Zeldin’s letter


Dear Eileen,

GREAT NEWS! The President just signed into law my legislation (H.R. 828), which renames the Smithtown Post Office the “Congressman Bill Carney Post Office” in honor of former NY-1 Congressman Bill Carney, who passed away nearly two years ago after he lost his final battle with prostate cancer.

Congressman Carney’s lifelong service to his country never went unnoticed. After attending Florida State University, Congressman Carney served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1961-1964. After leaving the Army and working in the private sector, Congressman Carney was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature for three years before being elected to represent our Congressional District from 1979 - 1987.

Now, every time someone enters or drives near the Congressman Bill Carney Post Office, his legacy will live on forever.

It is an honor to represent you in the House, and I always enjoy hearing your thoughts on issues before Congress and how they affect our community on Long Island. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out to my office at (631) 289-1097. To receive email updates on important issues, please subscribe to my e-newsletter at Zeldin.House.Gov.

Best Regards,
Lee Zeldin
Member of Congress

Reader Comments (1)

I too am disenchanted with the renaming of buildings, bridges, streets etc. Perhaps it would be more appropriate for these names to be placed on a sculpture in a memorial park. Names should be brought before a memorial committee from each town.
Sun, September 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterErica Rinear

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