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Three Congress members demand mail problems be addressed

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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:08 pm | Updated: 4:40 pm, Tue Jan 23, 2018.

Three Queens Congress members on Tuesday sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan, calling on her to address "ongoing and serious mail delivery problems in Queens."

"These inadequate delivery standards existed even before Winter Storm Grayson, and they are frankly unacceptable," the members said in a Jan. 23 letter, which was signed by Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau).

The letter, which was first shared with the Chronicle, states "mail delivery standards throughout Queens are not meeting even the most basic expectations." The members said their constituents rely on the U.S. Postal Service for prescriptions, financial documents and more.

"It is critical that USPS maintain reliable mail delivery service," they state. "The current mail delivery problems plaguing the residents of Queens must be addressed immediately."

Meeks last Thursday had issued a separate statement calling for "robust Congressional oversight" of the USPS, after several of his constituents complained of missing or delayed deliveries. The statement came after the USPS postponed a meeting with the congressman, which has since been rescheduled.

An agency spokesman said on Monday, "We are committed to working towards a resolution on these points for our neighbors and customers."

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday's letter.

The Chronicle reported earlier this month that Ozone Park residents went days without receiving mail, and that a USPS employee allegedly told one person carriers were "too busy" to make deliveries. Several other residents across Queens have since reached out to the Chronicle with similar issues.

One South Richmond Hill dentist office told a reporter thousands of dollars in payments have gone missing in recent months.

The USPS blamed the Jan. 4 "bomb cyclone" for the delays, but many say the problem goes back to late 2017.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said Monday "at least" 20 residents have aired grievances with his staff, and that his 101st Avenue office has also been affected.

Meeks has discussed the matter with members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn), a member of the panel, said, “I’d certainly support the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee looking into these issues where appropriate as part of our oversight responsibilities.”

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