​Maloney Asks Postal Service to Reevaluate Need for Post Office in Dutch Kills

May 22, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY — Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today formally requested that U.S. Postmaster Paul Stremel conduct a reevaluation on the feasibility of a full-service U.S. Post Office in the Dutch Kills Community.

Congresswoman Maloney first requested an evaluation for such a USPS facility in February 2017, after which the Postal Service determined that the existing facilities met their operational needs. The Postal Service noted that should those needs change, they might examine options to add a facility.

In today’s letter to Postmaster Stremel, the Congresswoman writes, “I am writing on behalf of my constituents in the Dutch Kills Community of Long Island City. My office has reached out several times to discuss the feasibility of a full-service U.S. Post Office in the Dutch Kills Community. I understand that this community is undergoing large residential and commercial redevelopment, in large part as a result of rezoning by the city. The three nearest post offices are a substantial distance away: Plaza Station, Broadway and 21st St, and 43rd St and Broadway[…]I am formally requesting a reevaluation on the feasibility of a full-service U.S. Post Office in the Dutch Kills Community.”

Full text of the letter below and a PDF is available here.

 

Dear Mr. Stremel,

I deeply appreciate the United States Postal Services (USPS) for serving on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and for connecting our country and communities at a time when they need it most. The employees of the USPS serve an essential role in our society, and we are grateful for their service.

I am writing on behalf of my constituents in the Dutch Kills Community of Long Island City. My office has reached out several times to discuss the feasibility of a full-service U.S. Post Office in the Dutch Kills Community. I understand that this community is undergoing large residential and commercial redevelopment, in large part as a result of rezoning by the city. The three nearest post offices are a substantial distance away: Plaza Station, Broadway and 21st St, and 43rd St and Broadway. 

It is my understanding that there have been major mail delivery delays throughout New York City as a result of USPS staffing shortages causes by COVID-19. The health and safety of mail carriers is paramount, and we are also sensitive to the needs of our constituents. The need for an accessible, nearby post office for the Dutch Kills Community has returned to my attention as we navigate these challenges. I am formally requesting a reevaluation on the feasibility of a full-service U.S. Post Office in the Dutch Kills Community. 

Please review my constituents’ concerns and advise me as to your conclusions, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and for your diligent and committed service to ensure that mail delivery contuse during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Hague at my district office at (212) 860-0606.

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