2002-10-05 / Letters

Postman Breaks His Silence

Postman Breaks His Silence

Dear Editor;

I recently returned from vacation to horror stories about mail being returned to sender due to lack of apartment numbers. Jobs offers, car payments, credit card bills, and even invitations to a retirement party for one of our brave firefighters were all returned. Someone even told me that there was an announcement, during a church mass, informing members of the congregation that many church envelopes were returned.

It reminded me of 1998, during my time off, when the Seaside Jewish Center newsletter was discarded because of a lack of apartment numbers. There were a slew of first class letters that were marked and returned to their senders as well.

At the same time, Senator Moynihan and Congressman Schumer interceded on behalf of Postal Customers in Dayton West. The Postal Service stated in their reply, " a current alphabetical directory is necessary if the complex has 15 or more mail receptacles" and " it is not a law or postal regulation that it be part of a mailing address on First Class correspondence."

In their reply they also stated, "Omitting an apartment number will certainly increase the chance that the delivery of such a mail piece may be delayed."

Denise, in Dayton's office, supplied up to date directories to the Post Office. I am writing this letter in reply to the numerous stories in The Wave regarding mail service in the Rockaways. In no way am I representing the USPS, but I am exercising my First Amendment Right.


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