TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning in August, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced Wednesday.
Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Irvington residents will not receive letters, catalogs, periodicals and other first-class mail items under the decision. Package delivery will not be affected.
Post offices in all three villages will operate on normal Saturday hours, and officials say those with post office boxes will continue to have six-day mail delivery.
“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” Donahoe said. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
The move to a five-day delivery schedule is intended to cut costs. The Postal Service had originally planned to cut package delivery, too, but officials said the Postal Service's package delivery business has grown 14 percent since 2010.
Daily Voice readers had mixed opinions on Facebook about Wednesday's announcement.
“If it saves jobs, then I am all for it,” Keri DiLascic said.
Jaime Geiger of Tarrytown doubted the Postal Service's ability to save money.
"They couldn't save two cents doing anything," Geiger said.