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U.S. Post Office Won't Close Sleepy Hollow Branch

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow announced Monday that the U.S. Postal Service has decided not to close its North Tarrytown branch.

Village officials forwarded a letter from regional manager Richard Ferrari dated March 9 saying the Postal Service has determined that “a change in service is not warranted.” A spokesperson for the Postal Service said she would find out more information before commenting on the letter.

The Sleepy Hollow Post Office was listed among more than 3,000 of branches being considered for possible closure in July because of financial difficulties within the U.S. Postal Service.

The village gathered more than 2,000 signatures in protest of the possible closure. More than 100 residents came to a public meeting with postal officials to express their disapproval. Residents from both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow said the Postal Service should keep its North Tarrytown branch open because it was more convenient and the lines were not as long.

In his letter, Ferrari noted the Postal Service's decision included resident response.

"Your participation through questionnaires, community meetings and comments to the proposal have been most helpful to us in making our final decision,” Ferrari wrote.

Sleepy Hollow Trustee and post office committee chair Karin Wompa agreed.

“You could see from the turnout at the town meeting, and all the petition signatures, that the post office is an important part of our village,” she wrote in an email. “Residents rely on this post office location and I am glad that through our collaborative efforts we were able to convince the Postal Service to keep our post office open.”

Readers of The Daily Sleepy Hollow and The Daily Tarrytown were glad that the Postal Service had decided not to close the Sleepy Hollow branch.

“That is good news,” Elizabeth Mclaughlin wrote on The Daily Tarrytown 's Facebook page.

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