Crowley Reintroduces Legislation to Name Bronx Post Office After Fallen Soldier

November 16, 2011
Press Release

Bill Will Name West Avenue Post Office After Private Isaac T. Cortes

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) announced the reintroduction of his bill, H.R. 3413, to name the post office on West Avenue in the Bronx after Private Isaac T. Cortes, an Army soldier and Bronx native who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

“We should recognize and thank our veterans not just on Veterans Day, but every day. And, renaming this post office after Private Cortes – a true son of the Bronx and a hero in every sense of the word – is a chance to do just that,” said Rep. Crowley. “This legislation will serve as a reminder to us all of Private Cortes’ courage, integrity, spirit and sacrifice.”

“Isaac was a great soldier and an even better son and father,” said Emily Toro, Private Cortes’ mother. “Isaac lived by the motto, ‘Go big or go home’ and that was evident in everything he did. I know that he would be honored to have this post office named after him so the entire community could recognize the sacrifice he made for us all.”

Pvt. Cortes was raised in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx and attended Christopher Columbus High School. He enlisted in the Army on November 21, 2006, completed his individual infantry training course in Fort Benning, Ga., and then moved on to Fort Drum before being deployed to Iraq in September 2007.

On November 27, 2007, Pvt. Cortes was one of two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his vehicle in Amerli, Iraq, approximately 100 miles north of Baghdad. In honor of his service, Pvt. Cortes was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Rep. Crowley first introduced this legislation in the 111th Congress.

Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.