2001-07-21 / Letters

Postal Problems Continue

Postal Problems Continue

Dear Editor:

I sympathize with the reader who wrote to you, expressing her disappointment with mail delivery from the Far Rockaway Post Office.  As a resident of Inwood, we are served by mail carriers from the Far Rockaway Post Office as well, and our service is no better.

The Post Office located in Inwood is only a "transfer station" for mail that is sorted and distributed from the Far Rockaway Post Office.  All postal workers are dispatched from the Far Rockaway Post Office.  Despite Inwood's "push" to establish a different zip code some years ago (from 11696 to 11096) it was a total waste in effort, as it did not change the post office's methods of operation.

For the last six years of my residence in Inwood, we had a regular delivery person for most of two years or so, until she was attacked and bitten by a dog.  Since then, we (meaning our entire development in the Westville Park section) have had a different carrier almost everyday. 

We constantly receive wrong mail. We receive mail that should have been forwarded to new addresses.  Sometimes we don’t receive mail, which is then delivered the following day in the morning, followed by a second delivery of the day in the afternoon! We have frequently received our mail from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

I also have received certified letters and my doorbell was never pushed to inform me of delivery. I happen to live and work in my house!

I have left messages for Postmaster Buonocore to return my calls. It's been over a year and I'm still waiting for his response.  Meanwhile, our postal rates go higher while services deteriorate! For these reasons and more, I have maintained a post office box in Lawrence for those items I count on: checks, bills, letters, etc. 

Don't get me started on those workers who have trounced on my lawn and perennial flowerbeds in an effort to make a short cut to the next house!  One mail carrier, a lady (or so she says) opened her big mouth and started screaming and yelling at me!  And don't you think she repeated her lawn-crossing action the next day?  Of course!


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