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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bill introduced in Congress to name Corning post office after Jayne

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  • CORNING | U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, have introduced legislation to name the post office on Corning’s Northside after the late Ryan P. Jayne, an East High graduate killed in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.
    The legislation would name the U.S. Post Office at 198 Baker St. after Jayne, 22, an Army specialist who was killed by a roadside bomb Nov. 3, 2012 in Afghanistan’s Paktia province.
    Two other upstate soldiers were killed by the same blast. Jayne, Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, and Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, were all assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command in Oswego.
    Jayne served as a combat engineer and a driver. His unit cleared roads and searched for roadside bombs.
    Jayne graduated from Corning East in 2008. He attended Corning Community College before enlisting in the Army in 2010. He was on his second deployment when he was killed. Two weeks after he was killed, hundreds gathered to mourn Jayne in a memorial service at the East High auditorium, followed by a military ceremony in Memorial Stadium.
    Gillibrand issued the following statement:
    “Specialist Jayne served with truly heroic bravery. He answered the highest call, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Naming the Corning Post Office after him will honor his legacy in the community he loved for all to proudly remember his life and his service.”
    Reed also released a statement:
    “We honor and remember Specialist Jayne, who gave everything for his country at such a young age. His sacrifice – and the sacrifice of his family – is what makes our freedom possible and can never be forgotten. I am proud to join with Senator Gillibrand to keep Specialist Jayne and his heroism fresh in our minds each and every day.”
    In a statement, Jayne’s family said they were honored by the plan:
    “Ryan joined the military because he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He hoped to save some money and return back to Corning and start a business. He had a smile that would light up a room. Ryan loved his hometown and his family very much. He was the biggest cheerleader for his seven younger brothers and sisters. Ryan is greatly missed and naming the Corning post office after him will be a real honor for his family.”
    The bill will soon be considered by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, “where we are hopeful for swift passage,” said Gillibrand spokesman James Rahm.
    “Once cleared through committee, we are hopeful the bill can be passed by the full Senate this year,” Rahm said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Reed spokeswoman Liz Shaffer said she wasn’t sure of the time frame for consideration of the bill in the House.
    At least seven soldiers from Steuben County have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts over the past decade.
    The Hornell Post Office is named after U.S. Marine Zachary Smith, killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. The Tyrone Post Office is named in honor of Army Spc. Christopher Scott, killed in 2011 in Afghanistan.
    A portion of Interstate 390 near Cohocton is named after Army Sgt. Devin Snyder, killed in 2011 in Afghanistan.

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