Cedarhurst Post Office to Close?

Union leaders say that location may be replaced with a retail store.

The United States Postal Service will consider shutting down the Cedarhurst post office and replacing it with a retail store, according to union leaders.

Peter Furgiuele, president of the Long Island chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, told Newsday that the Grove Avenue post office eventually “will be put up for sale.” Another union president, Walter Barton of the Long Island chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said he was notified of plans to move Cedarhurst letter carriers to the Woodmere location.

Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise told Patch that he was informed about the possible move through a letter from a union leader. Both he and Trustee Ronald Lanzilotta said they’re “very against” the move, and the board will discuss possible action at its Oct. 4 board meeting.

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Cedarhurst carriers deliver mail by foot, Barton said, but if they were transferred, it’s possible they couldn’t continue doing that. USPS may need to buy delivery vehicles to accommodate the move.

The Postal Service reported losses of about $5 billion last year, and is reportedly looking for ways to capitalize on its real estate holdings.

Agency spokeswoman Connie Chirichello would only tell Newsday that it is reviewing operations at the Cedarhurst facility, and provided no further information.

Meanwhile, the postal service already has plans to sell a post office location in Northport, and is considering transferring carriers in Babylon to West Babylon.

5TResident September 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Can't blame this on the Orthodox residents. We use the PO all the time.
Carmela Soprano September 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
There's always the Lawrence P.O. No parking there and lines are many times out the door, but something has to give!
ann September 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
This would be very bad for Cedarhurst. I don't think the mail is delivered as efficiently now as it used to be. However closing Cedarhurst's location would only make it harder to conduct business in Cedarhurst. Not sure how it works but Cedarhurst is an incorporated village. Woodmere is not. I would go to Lawrence Post Office before Woodmere but feat that for business we will end up using more expensive carriers and electronic mailings.I believe this is already hurting the entire system. I'd like to see some numbers; how do they justify it based on each location's budget and activity.
jerry watts September 28, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I spent 20 years with the Post Office much of that time at JFK as a trailer driver .Management is doing away with Post Office Drivers even though study after study showed that it costs alot more to have private drivers delivering the mail.Not only does the P.O. have to pay the driver his salary and benefits but also the trucking co. Also the P.O. has to pay road taxes when we didnt have to pay it before.
RHODA FRIEDLAND November 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM


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