Village Post Office Safe For Now
Northport Village’s Main Street post office isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
United States Postal Service (USPS) spokeswoman Christine Dugas confirmed Tuesday that any plans to move or relocate the 240 Main St. location, first floated last September, are on “indefinite hold.”
“We don’t have any immediate plans to make any changes there,” she said.
A letter sent to Congressman Steve Israel dated Oct. 11, sent in response to an Oct. 9 letter by Israel to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, further confirms the news.
“At this time, there are no plans to discontinue or relocate the Northport Post Office,” said USPS Government Relations Representative Jason Lamote wrote to Israel on Oct. 11. “In the future, if our plans with the facility change, we will be sure to let you know in accordance with our established procedures.”
Word that the post office might move first surfaced in 2012 when USPS officials mulled the possibility of selling the property, reopening at another location and relocating 19 carriers to the East Northport facility. However, that proposal met stiff opposition in the community and hundreds mobilized to keep the USPS in downtown Northport. Village officials discovered the proposal in August 2012 when they got hold of a letter sent to the Northport branch outlining plans to close the village post office.
Lamote said the postal service would continue to analyze its delivery and retail operations to boost efficiency.
“In order to sustain affordable, universal mail service to the American people at a time of declining mail volume, it is imperative that the Postal Service make responsible adjustments to its operations,” Lamote wrote to Israel.