SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. Old issues with Tarrytown are cropping up again as Sleepy Hollow vows it wont let its post office close without a fight.
Sleepy Hollow's village board of 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 Services announcement that it was studying Sleepy Hollows post office for potential closure.
Were 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.
Employees at Sleepy Hollows Post Office have noted that the office doesnt just serve Sleepy Hollow residents. Window Clerk Ather Adams noted that he sees people from Tarrytown too.
They say the lines are long, Adams said. Theyre all coming down here. I never get a breather.
During Tuesdays meeting, Wray questioned why Sleepy Hollows post office was being studied and not Tarrytowns post office. He noted 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 resolutions 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 Hollows 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.
Among the many problems Edwards outlined, the combined zip code doesnt improve mail services because Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have several duplicated street names that are not connected. He said they also have various name spellings that can cause confusion.
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.
Wray concluded that Edwards concerns and issues should be incorporated into their efforts to keep the post office, although he noted that the first step would be to pass a resolution, which the board did.
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