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Mount Vernon Reacts To Postal Service Saturday Cutback

The post office on East Sandford Boulevard in Mount Vernon, like all other U.S. post offices, in August will stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Packages still will be delivered, and the post offices will remain open on Saturdays.
The post office on East Sandford Boulevard in Mount Vernon, like all other U.S. post offices, in August will stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Packages still will be delivered, and the post offices will remain open on Saturdays. Photo Credit: Greg Maker

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Some Mount Vernon residents are concerned about the U.S. Postal Service's ending Saturday mail deliveries starting in August.

Resident Brenda Simmons said it is "terrible" the Saturday deliveries will be stopped. Simmons said Mount Vernon has a lot of elderly residents who need help and depend on getting items through the mail on Saturdays.

"The Postal Service should be more considerate," Simmons said. "A lot of people are working during the week, so it's convenient to have deliveries on Saturdays. Maybe they should deliver for half a day on Saturdays. That would be fair."

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx), who represents Mount Vernon, said in a news release that the Postal Service has been providing "inferior" service so it's easy to slash Saturday deliveries.

"This is a path to oblivion for the Postal Service as they ride a business plan doomed for failure," Engel said. "I want the Post Office to succeed, and for the American people to have ample access to facilities, but I need to see that the Post Office is serious about correcting their own flaws."

Resident June DiPaolo also is against stopping Saturday deliveries. DiPaolo said the Postal Service should deliver for at least half a day on Saturdays to accommodate people who work during the week.

Still, not every resident is upset. Lyle Kamlet said he is sorry to hear that Saturday deliveries will stop but he will not be badly affected.

"I wish them well," Kamlet said. "I'll have to learn to live with it."

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