USPS decides to proceed with relocation of Peter Stuyvesant Post Office

Peter Stuyvesant Post Office opposite Stuyvesant Town on East 14th Street Photo by Sabina Mollot

Peter Stuyvesant Post Office opposite Stuyvesant Town on East 14th Street
Photo by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

On Wednesday, the union representing regional postal employees learned that the United States Postal Service had decided to proceed with a plan to relocate the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on East 14th Street.

The news came by way of a letter to its president, Jonathan Miller, union rep Charles Zlotkin told Town & Village.

As previously announced at a raucous public meeting held on April 22, the new location is going to be 333 East 14th Street, a space that was last home to a Duane Reade between First and Second Avenues.

However, according to USPS spokesperson Congetta Chirichello, the decision is not final and the public will have a 30-day period to appeal. Ultimately, she told T&V, the decision is subject to review by the agency’s vice president of facilities.

At the April meeting, over 100 people, mostly older residents of Stuyvesant Town and the East Village, protested the relocation of the current Peter Stuyvesant station, where the lease will expire in February, 2014. The USPS has said it needs to relocate in an effort to find a smaller, cheaper space.

Postal employees have also protested the move, noting that the closure of the space is part of an agency-wide trend of downsizing.

Chirichello said that any requests for an appeal of the decision to move must be in writing and identify the post office by name or location and state the reason for the objection to the move. The requests should be mailed to: Vice President, Facilities, c/o Facilities Implementation, 2 Congress Street, Room 8, Milford, Ma 01757.

Chirichello added, “USPS Facilities Services continue to be hands-on during relocation processes to ensure potential sites are available and can accommodate operational and customer needs should a final decision require relocation measures be taken.”

The plan has already been blasted by USPS watchdog blog Save the Post Office, whose author, Steve Hutkins, noted, “The Postal Service will have a hard time explaining how the community’s input can be meaningful if it has already made arrangements to move to 333 East 14th Street.”

At the April meeting, attendees were encouraged to fill out surveys to the USPS to give their feedback on the then-likely plan to relocate. When asked, Chirichello didn’t respond to say what it was the public had requested in their surveys.

5 thoughts on “USPS decides to proceed with relocation of Peter Stuyvesant Post Office

  1. Do people really want to be served by probably the worst post office in the history of post offices? Do people really enjoy standing in 1 hour lines to pick up packages that the lazy couriers refuse to deliver or re-deliver to your door when requested?

    Any one who lives in Stuytown should know that USPS will NOT re-deliver a package if you missed it on the first attempt. They leave a cute little note saying you must pick it up at the post office, which means a 1 hour line unless you don’t have a job and you can go in the middle of the weekday. This level of disservice is unique to the USPS versus UPS and FedEx.

    Good riddance to the worst post office even when compared to other post offices. Their gravestone is not only welcomed but also was inevitable. And this is not a secret. if you didn’t see this coming, check your eyesight. More will close until the USPS, at least tries, to compete on service/quality/anything with the other carriers.

  2. Of course the main reason for closing and moving the post office is the dearth of first-class mail due to in internet — as emails have replaced regular mail via the far instantaneos and more efficient email. Another example of the unintended consequences of positive changes.

  3. I am glad that they are closing this facsimile of a Post Office.
    The employees they are next to useless. They all move just a little but faster than stop.
    Anyone who has ever had to stand in line and wait to be helped by one of these jokers, knows exactly what I am talking about
    There does not seem to be any accountability. I have had packages lost for months due to their incompetence.
    They are overpaid, underworked slobs.
    I know it’s not easy to fire these workers, But I do hope they break up this work crew and reassign them to the outer most reaches of the city.
    The workers at this PO are poster children as to why the whole PO has to be overhauled.
    Not only should they cut out Sat mail delivery, they should only have mail delivery three days a week.
    The system could save millions of dollars each yr. I do not need to get junk mail delivered 5 days a week.

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