Thursday, August 11, 2011

Assemblyman Dinowitz Advocates for Fieldston and Spuyten Duyvil Post Offices

Besides the main Bronx Post Office located at 149th St and the Grand Concourse, 16 additional Bronx post offices are at risk of being closed. Assemblyman Dinowitz is fighting to prevent closures for two post offices in his district. The following is a letter sent to the Postmaster General. Some valid points made include;

1- The uneven percentage of post office closures in the Bronx.
2- The distance Fieldston / Spuyten Duyvil residents would have to travel to reach their nearest post office.

Communication by letter has always been a back bone of American Society. The foresight in an efficient postal system helped make America great. I am sure everyone read books while in grade school about the famed Pony Express. Closure of both post offices would deny everyone living or doing business in Fieldston or Spuyten Duyvil adequate access to our postal system. The mountainous topography of the region should be considered when making closure decisions related to both satellite post offices. What might look good on paper, does not make sense when the topography is taken into consideration. Everyone living on the hill would be isolated from adequate postal service, many of which are seniors.

For anyone interested in preventing the closures, I assume a similar letter to the Post Master General or contact with Assemblyman Dinowitz’s office would help.


August 9, 2011

Mr. Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260-0010

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:

I am writing to urge you to reconsider your misguided proposal to consider closing two post offices within my Assembly district. These two post offices, Fieldston and Spuyten Duyvil, are vital to our community and many residents depend on them. Many of their customers are senior citizens who do not have access to transportation to bring them to another post office location. Furthermore, the next closest post office, Kingsbridge, is always crowded and plagued with long lines. Closing the two nearest post offices will only exacerbate this problem. I am also gravely concerned about the potential loss of jobs and negative effect on economic activity that the closures could entail.

It is particularly troubling that of the 34 post offices being considered for closure in New York City, 17 are in the Bronx, far more than any other borough. Our borough is unfairly being asked to bear the brunt of these cutbacks.

The Fieldston and Spuyten Duyvil post offices are a tremendous benefit to our community, and it would be a terrible disservice to my constituents to cut off these important resources. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.


Jeffrey Dinowitz
Member of Assembly

cc: Howard Sample, Bronx Postmaster

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