ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Fairport Post Office has been renamed to dedicate the building to the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and her late husband Bob.
On Monday morning, the Fairport Post Office was dedicated to the two who called Fairport home for more than 50 years, according to organizers.
The post office, according to Fairport town officials, was renamed the “Louise and Bob Slaughter Post Office.”
“The Slaughter’s were not only dedicated to the best interests of the Fairport community but the Greater Rochester area and western New York as well,” according to the United States Postal Service.”
Louise Slaughter won the election for Monroe County Legislature in 1975. Future roles would include serving on the NYS Assembly, and being elected to Congress in 1986. Louise has won re-election to 16 consecutive terms, serving over the course of 30 years.
Bob Slaughter, according to USPS, served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for Eastman Kodak and the American Can Company.
The two married in 1957.
“When Bob married Louise in 1957, he forever stood by her side with love and support as she navigated her groundbreaking political journey,” the USPS said in a statement.
Robin Minerva, the daughter of Bob and Louise Slaughter, delivered some remarks at the press conference.
“We’re delighted that the Fairport Post Office will be named in honor of Louise and Bob Slaughter,” said Minerva. “They spent most of their married life here in beautiful Fairport and here is where their commitment to civic duty took shape.”
Congressman Morelle also attended the press conference and reflected on the Slaughter family and his friendship with Louise, adding that he will continue to follow the path that she forged.
“Without question, Bob and Louise made their years with us count and their impact on our lives continues to this day,” Congressman Morelle said. “Louise was a dear friend, a colleague, a mentor, and a role model for me and so many others.”
The House of Representatives approved the legislation to rename the post office in 2018, months following Louise’s death.
Bob Slaughter passed away four years prior to his wife, in 2014.
Congressman Joe Morelle and Post Office District Manager Marcellina Del Pizzo are set to attend the event.
Full Press Conference
You can watch the full press conference in the video player above.