Greenpoint struggles without postal service
by Kathleen Lees
Dec 05, 2012 | 1087 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Since Superstorm Sandy hit, many organizations throughout the city have suffered damages that have destroyed their buildings or prevented them from reopening.

The Greenpoint branch of the Post Office on Meserole Avenue sustained damages to its electrical systems and Internet, which is currently keeping the facility closed. And, for now, there is no timeline set for it to reopen despite USPS’s efforts to restore the facility.

The USPS typically provides full-service vans for branches that are temporarily inoperable, but Brooklyn only has one van available throughout the entire borough. Because of extensive damages to the Coney Island branch from Hurricane Sandy, the mobile van is currently being used there.

However, Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced that a full-service trailer was available in Coney Island as of Friday, Nov. 30, to help those in the area with postal services.

The temporary solution will allow the mobile van to relocate to the temporarily closed Greenpoint branch, according to Lentol.

“I have received countless calls from constituents concerned with the branch closing,” Lentol said in a statement.

Besides the mobile van now offering service at the USPS Greenpoint Branch on 66 Meserole Ave., there are also two alternative Greenpoint locations offering USPS service—one at Murawski Pharmacy, located at 94 Nassau St. that offers retail services including selling money orders, shipping packages and purchasing stamps and at L & P Copy Plus, located at 951 Manhattan Ave., where items can be weighed.

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December 06, 2012
what a joke. the post office is not on a street that flooded. this is a Verizon failure, combined with postal union atrophy and usps bankruptcy. look for this branch to be permanently closed in the near future. Joe Lentol is useless, despite collecting is hefty taxpayer salary. every postal worker at that branch is getting paid to do nothing, while your christmas packages get delayed. Verizon collects on its lavish usps contract while computers sit idle. Your tax dollars at work people. wake up and smell the scam.