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Engel Update on Postal Issues in the Bronx

Engel Update on Postal Issues in the Bronx

Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement updating the community on postal issues in New York’s 16th Congressional District:

“Today my office was contacted by USPS officials in response to earlier inquiries we made about missed deliveries. Staffing issues continue to be a problem, especially in the 10463 and 10471 zip codes. The postal service is experiencing severe staffing shortages across the northeast, which in turn makes it difficult to add additional carriers to areas of need to clear out backlogs. The number of people calling-out sick has gone up as the coronavirus has spread, with more and more workers needing to use the expanded paid-sick leave provisions we passed in Congress several weeks ago. The Post Office is however currently hiring for additional carriers—those who wish to apply can visit https://about.usps.com/careers/search-apply/.

“I made clear to postal officials in our earlier correspondence that delivery of key items like medicine should be prioritized and today we were told that they are working to rearrange staff in 10463 and 10471 to better deliver small parcels, which often include medications and supplies. This is where the focus should be. In addition, USPS told us that due to reduced retail traffic, effective April 6, window hours at the Kingsbridge Post office were adjusted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We have also been told that the postal service makes gloves, surgical masks, sanitizer, and disinfectant available to all employees and is following CDC guidance for social distancing in its branches and distribution centers where possible. As I have said both publicly and privately to USPS officials, the health and well-being of the letter carriers, postal employees and general public is still paramount. 

“I will continue to monitor this situation closely and stay on the post office to do everything possible to ensure timely delivery. Small parcels should remain their top priority; people need their medications, period. And I will continue to work with postal officials to provide updates to the community regarding their actions. We are all in this together.”