POST OFFICE IS NAMED FOR LATE REP. CONABLE
BATAVIA -- The Batavia Post Office, Western New York's oldest, was named for the late Barber B. Conable Jr. in a ceremony Monday attended by his three daughters and the two members of Congress who sponsored the naming resolution.
Conable, a resident of nearby Alexander, represented the area in the House of Representatives for 20 years and later served five years as president of the World Bank. He died last year.
Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, praised Conable as "the best example of what a public servant should be" and said his "commitment to community never wavered."
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who served with Conable in Congress for two years, noted that Conable was "the most respected member of Congress, who personified integrity both as a human being and public servant."
Postmaster Jeffrey D. Elling-
ham unveiled a plaque, which will hang in the Post Office lobby. Western New York's first post office opened in 1802 in a general store operated by James Brisbane. The present building was completed in 1919.