CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, December 12, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2767, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 2767 was introduced by Rep. John Olver (D-MA) on August 1, 2011, and referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
This legislation would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8 West Silver Street in Westfield, Massachusetts, as the "William T. Trant Post Office Building.”
According to the sponsor’s office, Mr. Trant was born, raised and educated in Westfield and in 1943 enlisted in the U.S. Army and saw combat action during the Normandy Invasion and other areas throughout World War II. For his service, Mr. Trant was decorated with an EAME ribbon with five bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for wounds sustained at Normandy and Rhineland and many other military honors.
Mr. Trant began working for the U.S. Post Office in Westfield upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945. He worked at the U.S. Post Office until he left for a short time to pitch for the minor league baseball team for the New York Giants. Upon his return to Westfield in 1948, he returned to working at the U.S. Post Office while he and his wife raised their nine children.
During his time in Westfield, Mr. Trant participated in many activities including serving on the City Council for nearly 20 years and in 1962 serving as Acting Mayor due to the death of the incumbent Mayor.
In 1967 Mr. Trant was appointed as the Westfield Post Office Postmaster, a title he held in addition to serving as Procurement Officer in the Springfield Post Office and the Director of Procurement Services for the Northeast Postal District in Hartford, CT until his retirement in 1980.
According to CBO, any costs related to new post office designations, which include the cost of changing the name on the building, signs, and maps, are not significant.