Higgins, Gillibrand & Schumer Unveil Sign Officially Renaming Jamestown Post Office for Stan Lundine
Today Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins were in Jamestown, NY to unveil the plaque designating the United States Post Office located at 300 East 3rd Street the “Stan Lundine Post Office Building.”
"Stan Lundine represented the very best of Jamestown and all of New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "He served his state, his country, his community and family with honor, integrity and dignity. By naming his local post office in his honor, his legacy will live on in Jamestown - the community he loved and served so well."
Congressman Higgins, Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer advanced and congress approved H.R. 918, legislation seeking the dedication. The President signed the bill on June 19, 2009 making the renaming official under Public Law 111-27.
“Stan Lundine’s mark on this city, state and nation is undeniable,” said Congressman Higgins. “He was a regionalism trailblazer long before the term became popular. He recognized public service as a noble profession and dedicated decades representing the people of New York, all the while keeping, Jamestown, his hometown, on his agenda as well as in his heart. It is truly my honor and privilege to rename the Jamestown post office for a man who served this community so well, my predecessor in Congress and friend – Stan Lundine.”
“Stan Lundine is a model public servant and stayed true to his Jamestown roots as he went on to great things as Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Representative. Stan showed, and continues to show, incredible dedication to help the average person via such important issues as housing and economic development. Naming the Jamestown Post Office in his honor is a fitting tribute to an exemplary public servant who continues to dedicate his life to his community and I am so happy that Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Higgins and I were able to secure passage of this legislation to see that his good deeds are recognized,” said Senator Schumer.
Stan Lundine was Mayor of Jamestown from 1970 through 1976. As Mayor, he was a generation ahead of his time as an advocate for regionalization, pushing for a merger of the social service district with Chautauqua County, consolidation of local hospitals and a county partnership leading to expansion of the local airport. In addition, Mayor Lundine earned national attention for his labor/management co-operation strategy.
Lundine was also elected to the Ninety-fourth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative James F. Hastings, and reelected to the five succeeding Congresses from 1976 to 1987. The southern tier Congressman was a member of the House Science and the House Banking Committees. Lundine’s district office was located in the same federal office building where the Jamestown Post office sits.
“The United States Postal Service is thrilled to have the prominent legacy of Stan Lundine forever associated with our Jamestown Post Office,” added Jamestown Postmaster Dana Klein.
In 1987 Stan Lundine became the 71st Lieutenant Governor of New York State, working along side former Governor Mario Cuomo until 1994. He chaired the state Anti Drug Abuse Council, pushed for economic development and job training programs in the Empire State and was a staunch supporter of high speed rail.
After leaving office Mr. Lundine served as Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Health Network and Chairman of the Board of the Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System. In 1997 and 1998 he cosponsored two regionalism conferences at the Chautauqua Institution He chaired the State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, a committee assigned with the task of recommending ways that the State’s local governments and school districts can save taxpayers dollars and become more efficient by consolidating or sharing services and participation in regional collaboration. Lundine was also recently called-in to help mediate discussions in the New York State Senate.
Mr. Lundine also served on many public and private boards including: American Capital Ltd., Ullman and Associates, M&T Bank’s Jamestown Advisory Board, the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, the Robert H. Jackson Center Board, the Fredonia College Foundation and the Vestry of St. Lukes Episcopal Church.
Born and raised in Jamestown, New York, Stan Lundine graduated from Jamestown High School before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and law degree from New York University.
“I would like to thank Congressman Higgins, Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer for sponsoring this legislation and bestowing this great honor,” said Mr. Lundine.