2011-04-22 / Letters

Don’t Close Post Office

Dear Editor,

The closing of the Post Office at Fort Tilden, is, in my opinion, another example of our Government’s twisted sense of prioritizing how our monies are being spent. The Post Office was active, income producing, provided a service to the west end of Rockaway, and as such, an asset.

There is a “building” located on the Bay, opposite the area where the Post Office is housed, also owned by our Government. For the past 17 years known personally to me, it has been nothing more than a dilapidated shack, of use to no one. Until the summer of 2010, it had a roof with more holes than material, metal plates covered what had been windows, and one side of this “structure” seemed to be missing.

The siding is peeling away more as the years pass. Nothing of any value could be kept inside this shell, since there was no protection from the elements resulting from decades of neglect. Yet, our Government saw fit to give this eyesore a brand new roof, and to remove the metal plates, in order to frame what had been, at one time, windows. To date, that is what has been done. Now the structure has frames, but no windows, with a new roof.

We were in a fiscal nightmare at the time of the pseudo construction, yet for reasons known only to the powers that be, funds were used there, in lieu of repairing the Post Office, actively in use, and serving a much needed and appreciated service. I urge all residents to view where YOUR money was spent, while nothing was given to a building worthy of an upgrade.

Yes, I have written...to Mr. Schumer, Ms. Gillibrand and to Mr. Weiner, more than once, pleading that they allocate the monies needed to keep the P.O. at the Fort alive. I spoke at length to Lew Simon, a man who fought to keep our local Post Office, but it was beyond his control. The 11th hour decision to finalize the closing, came at a time when I doubt any of our letters will be addressed. All parties were tied up in the bi-partisan kabuki, which came close to shutting our Government down. No one can fault them for doing their jobs, yet there was ample time prior, to examine, and direct that the Federal funding not be spent on an abandoned shanty, when a viable Post Office was in greater need of aid. A Post Office, right across the main road from said shanty, and in dire need of manpower and money to continue its function.

As witness to the work on that shack, I saw the men, materials, and time being put into something that has been nothing for a generation, yet nothing put into a building that has been of service for longer than I have been on this earth.

Personally, I thank Mrs. Dorothy Farrell, and her late Mom, Dorothy Taphouse, for the years they have/had devoted to making our trips to the P.O. a most pleasant and efficient experience.

To the politicians who were elected to best serve our needs, I am greatly disappointed in the lack of interest shown to your constituents of the West End of this Peninsula. More so, I am disgusted by the insensitive dismissal of a woman who has given 32 years of her life, contributing to the Federal economy.

KATHLEEN HAYES (L0VOI)

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