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Keeping up with Jewish officeholders
Schumer seeks renaming of post office
in Brooklyn for Shirley Chisholm
,  Jan. 25, 2005

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) and Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) yesterday agreed to introduce legislation respectively  in the Senate and the House of Representatives to rename a 
post office at 1915 Fulton Street in Brooklyn after former U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress and the first to run for president of the United States. The post office is in the old 12th District, which Chisholm represented from 1969 through 1983.

“Shirley Chisholm broke more glass ceilings than just about anyone else from Brooklyn. She had a fierce determination to work for racial equality and had an unwavering commitment to justice. I was privileged to know and serve with her and it is fitting and appropriate to re-name the Stuyvesant post office in her honor,” Senator Schumer said. 

Chisholm, who died Jan. 1, "was known for breaking down gender and racial barriers during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives," said Schumer. "She was strongly admired and well known in her district in Brooklyn, and in 1960, she started the Democratic Unity Club, which was instrumental in mobilizing the Black and Latino vote.  She also helped to form the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League." 

 —Donald H. Harrison