A Queens Democrat and Republican are joining forces to petition the U.S. Postal Service to grant Glendale its own new ZIP code.
The effort has been made before. But Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) have been getting the word out that they are ready to try again.
A member of Turner’s staff was soliciting input on the matter from residents on May 9 at the monthly meeting of Community Board 5.
The congressman also has sent out a letter to Glendale residents seeking any information that might be helpful to the cause.
Miller was open about his support for the effort on May 10, speaking just prior to a meeting of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol.
“Glendale has its own identity, but it’s more than that,” Miller said. “Glendale residents are being affected.”
Miller had his own exhibit A in a piece of electronic equipment he purchased recently.
“I went on line to register it,” he said. “I typed in my address several times and it just wouldn’t work. I called up customer service and explained the problem. They told me they didn't have a Glendale in the 11385 ZIP code, but they could register me in Ridgewood. It causes problems for residents.”
Miller may have passed that story on to Turner, whose office said the two men have spoken on the subject. Turner spokesman Joshua Spielman said they “are still in the process of gathering all the details to build a case for a request to the USPS.”
“We plan to submit an application for a unique Glendale ZIP code to the USPS Regional District Manager in the near future,” Turner said in his letter to residents.
Miller pointed out that a separate Glendale Post Office already exists at 69-36 Myrtle Ave. — just down the road from the Ridgewood facility at 60-60, adding that people and businesses could continue to use their old checks and letterheads.