Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat, released the following statement in response to House passage of H.R. 3870.
The legislation he offered which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 511 West 165th Street in New York, New York, as the “Normandia Maldonado Post Office Building,” in recognition of famed Dominican activist, artist and cultural leader:
“Normandia Maldonado’s impact and selflessness within the Dominican community is unmatched, especially in New York City. Decades ago, her visionary leadership was a driving force behind the Dominican peoples’ interlacement within the communities of Washington Heights, Inwood, the Bronx, and beyond,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Her altruism and contributions were of many colors, and her artistic vibrance was revered and cherished. She helped the Dominican people build their own legacy – she forged the efforts to establish the Dominican Day Parade, the Juan Pablo Duarte statue, and to establish the Casandra Damirón Hall of Fame – ensuring that fellow Dominican artists’ accomplishments and talent receive the recognition they deserve.
“In times like these, it is important to recognize the many sources of hope and direction from leaders throughout the community and the impact that icons like Normandia Maldonado continue to have throughout society. I can think of no better way to honor her than by enshrining her name on a facility of the United States Postal Service, an institution that provides a true public service, much like Normandia Maldonado did through her works and talents.”
First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee. He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip.
He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.