E46 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — Extensions of Remarks January 30, 2001
Throughout her career, Ms. Ostrow worked I hope that all my colleagues will join those The Postmasters Fairness and Rights Act of
for the IRS, served as a legislative representa- of us from San Diego and help the people of 2001 seeks to remedy this inequality by ena-
tive of the Federation of Federal Employees, Southern California by authorizing additional bling Postmasters to take an active and con-
and worked for the Communications Workers district court judges for the Southern District of structive role in managing their Post Office
of America. In the late 1940s and 1950s, dur- California. and discussing compensation issues. If the
ing the birth of rent control, Ms. Ostrow orga- f Postmasters and Postal Headquarters are un-
nized the group New jersey Tenants for Rent able to reach an understanding, the Act pro-
Control and fought for tenants’ rights for many TRIBUTE TO JUDGE NILDA vides for a neutral outside party to resolve the
years afterwards. MORALES HOROWITZ disagreement. If enacted, the Postmasters
After moving to Burlington, Vermont in 1955, Fairness and Rights Act would foster better
Ms. Ostrow became involved in numerous ´
HON. JOSE E. SERRANO mail services by allowing Postmasters greater
local liberal organizations, including the OF NEW YORK input in operational decision-making, improv-
Vermont ACLU. After her husband’s death in IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ing Postmaster morale, and making it possible
1967, she moved to my district in New York Tuesday, January 30, 2001 to attract and retain exemplary Postmasters.
City, where she became heavily involved in This legislation had 238 cosponsors last
the NAACP, the ACLU, the Workers Defense Mr. SERRANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
congratulate and to pay tribute to Nilda Mo- year. With the support of my colleagues in the
League, and Americans for Democratic Action. 107th Congress, we will be able to move this
Even in her 80s, Ms. Ostrow was a tireless rales Horowitrz, and outstanding individual
who has dedicated her life to public service. legislation and finally restore fairness to our
activist for the rights of the elderly, poor, op- nation’s Postmasters.
pressed, and otherwise downtrodden. She She was inducted on January 18 as a Family
Court Judge for Westchester County in New f
traveled to the New York State Capitol in Al-
bany to lobby for tenant rights. She also York. HONORING MARILYN RIGG
staffed a homeless center and circulated polit- Mr. Speaker, from April 1998 until her re-
ical petitions. cent appointment, Judge Horowitz served as
A vibrant and caring woman who viewed deputy county attorney and family court bu- HON. GEORGE RADANOVICH
reau chief. She was in charge of and respon- OF CALIFORNIA
public service in the same regard as Robert F.
Kennedy—she ‘‘saw wrong and tried to right sible for twenty-four attorneys who handled all IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
it.’’ I am confident that her legacy will continue matters before the Family Courts of West- Tuesday, January 30, 2001
through the many individuals she personally chester County. She handled the daily review
Mr. RADANOVICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise
touched during her extraordinary life. and assignment of all cases involving the De-
today to pay tribute to Eastern Madera County
f partment of Social Services, such as the coun-
Chamber of Commerce President Marilyn Rigg
ty’s neglect and abuse referrals, and all juve-
THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA for her years of dedicated service to the com-
nile delinquency referrals from the Department
FEDERAL JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2001 munity.
of Probation. She was also the supervisor of Marilyn is a graduate of St. Aloysius Acad-
specialized Domestic Violence Unit within the emy, the University of Ohio and the Stonier
HON. RANDY ‘‘DUKE’’ CUNNINGHAM Family Court Bureau. School of Banking, where her thesis was
OF CALIFORNIA Her distinguished career also includes serv-
copyrighted and accepted for inclusion in the
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ice as a hearing examiner for the New York
Tuesday, January 30, 2001 State Family Court, a Senior Law Judge and
Ms. Rigg taught school in Virginia for 2
Supervising Judge for the New York State
Mr. CUNNINGHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise years before moving to Oakhurst in 1970.
Workers’ Compensation Board, and adjunct
today to introduce the Southern California Marilyn worked for 21 years at Security Pacific
professor of Public Administration at Hostos
Federal Judgeship Act of 2001. I am proud to Bank, where she held numerous jobs, includ-
Community College, and a lawyer in private
be joined in this effort by my colleagues from ing branch manager, vice-president of plan-
practice specializing in public interest law.
San Diego, Representative DUNCAN HUNTER, ning and marketing, and vice-president of cor-
Judge Horowitz is well known and highly re-
and Representative DARRELL ISSA. This impor- porate lending. In 1992, she left Security Pa-
spected by her peers and the different com-
tant legislation will authorize eight additional cific to begin a State Farm Agency in
munities she has served for her sensitivity,
federal district court judges, five permanent Oakhurst.
professionalism, integrity and sound judgment.
and three temporary, to the Southern District Marilyn has served as a member and past
Her induction brings to the Court an out-
of California. president of Soroptimist International of the Si-
A recent judicial survey ranks the Southern standing judge.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me erra, chairman of the Oakhurst Fall Festival,
District of California as the busiest court in the chairman of ‘‘Oakhurst Goes to the Oscars,’’
in commending Judge Nilda Morales Horowitz
nation by number of criminal felony cases filed and past board member and treasurer of the
for her outstanding achievements and in wish-
and total number of weighted cases per judge. Eastern Madera County Chamber of Com-
ing her continued success as Family Court
In 1998, the Southern District had a weighted merce.
Judge for Westchester County.
caseload of 1,006 cases per judge. By com- Mr. Speaker, I want to pay tribute to Marilyn
parison, the Central District of California had a f
Rigg for her active and distinguished commu-
weighted filing of 424 cases per judge; the INTRODUCTION OF THE POST- nity involvement. I urge my colleagues to join
Eastern District of California had a weighted MASTERS FAIRNESS AND me in wishing Marilyn Rigg many more years
filing of 601 cases per judge; and the Northern RIGHTS ACT OF 2001 of continued success.
District of California had a weighted filing of f
464 cases per judge.
The Southern District consists of the San
HON. CONSTANCE A. MORELLA SOCIAL SECURITY BURIAL
Diego and Imperial Counties of California, and BENEFIT
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
shares a 200-mile border with Mexico. Accord-
ing to the U.S. Customs Service, as much as Tuesday, January 30, 2001 HON. JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR.
33 percent of the illegal drugs and 50 percent Mrs. MORELLA. Mr. Speaker, today I sup- OF TENNESSEE
of the cocaine smuggled into the United port our nation’s 28,000 Postmasters by intro- IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
States from Mexico enters through this court ducing the Postmasters Fairness and Rights
district. Additionally, the court faces a substan- Act of 2001. Tuesday, January 30, 2001
tial number of our nation’s immigration cases. Under current law, Postmasters are denied Mr. DUNCAN. Mr. Speaker, today I intro-
Further multiplying the district’s caseload is an the basic right to discuss fundamental issues duced a bill that would expand eligibility for
agreement between the Immigration and Natu- which impact the quality of mail services pro- the Social Security burial benefit.
ralization Service and the State of California vided to your constituents, the management of As you may be aware, prior to 1981, any in-
that calls for criminal aliens to be transferred your local Post Office, and their own com- dividual could receive the burial benefit lump
to prison facilities in this district upon nearing pensation. Postmasters suffer from a dysfunc- sum of $255 in order to pay funeral expenses.
the end of their state sentences. All these fac- tional ‘‘consultation process’’ whereby Postal Today, the surviving spouse receives a burial
tors combine to create a tremendous need for Headquarters may unilaterally mandate local benefit only if the deceased spouse is insured
additional district court judges. Post Office operational changes. by Social Security.
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