2011-11-04 / Top Stories

Sanders: Arverne PO To Remain Open

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. has announced that according to federal offices close to the United States Postal Service, including the office of Congressman Gregory Meeks, the Arverne branch of the US Postal Service has been saved from the possibility of closure. The Councilman had moved quickly to respond to the threat of losing the post office, along with another in his district, dispatching a letter this past summer to the Postmaster postal branches that service thousands of people per day.

“I am extremely happy to learn that through determination, hard work, and cooperation between different levels of government, it now appears that the Arverne Post Office has been spared,” said the Councilman in reaction to the news. “Closing the Arverne branch would be a grave mistake for the Rockaway community. Our residents trend older and aren’t necessarily all tuned gadgetry of modern life. Our community still depends on the postal service, and uses it daily. I thank our federal officials and elected representatives for hearing the cries of the community, and responding by sparing the Arverne post office from closure.”

The closure of the Arverne branch would have left thousands without reliable mail service, and forced Arverne residents to travel more than a mile out of their way to receive and pick up packages, buy postage, and enjoy the benefits of mail service that their tax dollars pay for.

“While I’m gratified to learn that the Arverne branch has been spared, the fact is we need to more closely examine and scrutinize the way these decisions are being made,” concluded the Councilman. “We learned this summer that my district was facing the possible closure of two post offices mere miles apart. The last thing we need to be doing right now is making everyday experiences harder for our people. Residents of large and densely populated areas like Arverne shouldn’t have to travel to another neighborhood to get their mail. Every American pays for postal service, and Arverne residents have a right to mail delivery, and a right to their postal branch.”

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