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Sleepy Hollow Begins Efforts To Keep Post Office

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — Sleepy Hollow won’t let its post office close without a fight.

Trustees unanimously approved a resolution supporting the post office on Tuesday night and formed a special committee to focus efforts on keeping the post office open.

The actions were in response to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it was studying Sleepy Hollow’s post office for potential closure.

“We’re not some 10-person village in Idaho,” Mayor Ken Wray said after noting that the number of people who use the post office is very large.

Wray added that the redevelopment of the General Motors Site would add two to three thousand residents to the village, which would make Sleepy Hollow the same size as Tarrytown.

The approved resolution authorizes Wray to make a formal complaint to the Postal Service. Village officials also encouraged residents to contact their government representatives. Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s (D - Harrison) office has already called the village to notify them of complaints it has received.

“It really matters when a lot of people speak up,” Wray said.

The newly-established committee will begin a petition drive, organize lobbying efforts and compile a study in support of the petition. Trustee Karin Wompa said she would be one of the leaders in the efforts. Wompa also recruited local resident John Edwards to the cause.

Edwards has been petitioning the Postal Service for 30 years to get Sleepy Hollow’s zip code back. The Postal Service combined Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown into one zip code in 1979 as a way to save costs and improve mail efficiencies.

Edwards discussed the zip code issue at length with trustees, convincing Wray that his arguments should be included in their efforts to keep the post office. He also advised trustees to keep their arguments to one line of thought.

According to Edwards, the only thing the U.S. Postal Service cares about, he said, is “increased mail service revenue.”

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