Alden post office to be named for fallen local serviceman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) – Legislation to name the Alden post office in memory of Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz is heading to the Senate for a final vote.

Sgt. Gornewicz was an Alden native killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Collins Tuesday announced passage of the legislation in a key Senate committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Collins in the House, passed the House of Representatives on June 17 and now proceeds to the Senate floor for a final vote. Senator Gillibrand says she will push to pass it out of the full Senate and into law.

In a statement from Senator Gillibrand’s office, the parents of Sgt. Gornewicz expressed their appreciation. Jack and Margaret Gornewicz said: “It is noteworthy that many packages sent to Brett when he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan were processed through the Alden Post Office by family and friends who are Alden residents.

Sgt. Gornewicz, an Army Reservist, was working as a computer-aided designer and mechanical designer when he was assigned to a second deployment in Afghanistan. He and two other New Yorkers died when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. All three were assigned to the 444th Engineer Company in Oswego. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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