The U.S. House and Senate have passed a proposal to rename the East Rockaway post office in honor of John J. Cook, one of the longest-serving mailmen in U.S. Post Office history. The bill awaits the signature of President Barack Obama.
The measure, which seeks to rename the facility the John J. Cook Post Office, would honor a man who worked there for 60 years. Cook, who retired in 2005 and died in 2006, began working out of the 10 Main St. post office at age 17.
“For over 60 years, he proved to be a model federal employee by displaying professionalism, courtesy and tireless dedication. He was truly a remarkable individual and this will be a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man,” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who sponsored the bill in the House, said in a statement.
Cook maintained an eight-mile route in East Rockaway starting in the 1940s and continued it through 2005, Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement. And he also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
“John J. Cook was an everyday hero,” Schumer said.