Politicians have breathed new life into Glendale’s petition for its own ZIP code by elevating it to the national level. Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) took their fight for a unique Glendale area code to the next level after regional United States Postal Service officials gave Glendale a “preferred line” status but denied the ZIP code request.
“Resident-wise, we’re well above or about the same” as surrounding neighborhoods, Miller said. The request for a unique ZIP code was denied because, according to Miller, “we didn’t have enough addresses.”
“The initial goal was for our own ZIP code, our own identity. Currently we don’t have that,” Miller added.
However, both he and Turner underscored that the problem is not just a question of pride but of practicality as well. “There have been incidents of spoiled medication, mail going undelivered, not to mention the issue of community pride, much of which can be attributed to duplicate addresses under an extremely overused ZIP,” said Turner. “By having mail go through Ridgewood to get to Glendale, it causes an unnecessary delay,” explained Miller.
Dorie Figliola, a community liaison at Miller’s office, had a personal experience with the inefficient postal situation. “The latest example would be when I went to church on Sunday,” said Figliola, who is a parishioner at Sacred Heart church. “The pastor brought it up, if anyone hadn’t received their envelopes. But he had sent them out one or two weeks ago. It takes time, costs money to send all those envelopes out.”
Turner spokesman Joshua Spielman explained a viable solution that the USPS had neglected. “There’s a vacant ZIP code available,” he said, referring to nearby unoccupied ZIP code 11384. “It’s as if the solution is right in front of the USPS and they are refusing to make life easier for everyone,” Turner said.