In Washington, a gridlocked Congress is ridiculed for being able to pass only trivial legislation like renaming post offices.
But for a little girl in upper Manhattan, one of those bills, approved by the House last week, will mean she has a way to remember the father she never met.
The House last week quietly cleared a dozen bills renaming post offices, among them 90 Vermilyea Ave. in Inwood, which will become the Corp. Juan Mariel Alcantara Post Office Building after the Senate passes and President Obama signs the bill.
Alcantara died at 22 in Baqubah, Iraq, on Aug. 6, 2007, when an improvised explosive device blew up a house he had been ordered to secure. His request to return home for his daughter Yelayni’s birth two months earlier had been denied, his mother, Maria Alcantara Pena, said.
In June, Yelayni turned 7. “We want to make sure she knows who her father was,” Pena said. “He was my only son. He gave his life for his country. Now he will live forever. People will know who he was, what he did for the country.”