Co-op City mailboxes removed to get safety upgrade
The U.S. Postal Service is making security upgrades to mailboxes in Co-op City, but the work has confused some residents who say they don't know where to go to send mail.
Only a few remain in service, like one on Einstein Loop.
Officials say the rest of the mailboxes are being re-outfitted to prevent mail tampering. Without the upgrades, thieves can lower hooks into the mailboxes to fish out items like credit card details or other personal information. They say it's an ongoing problem in some New York neighborhoods.
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto says he estimates about two-thirds of Co-op City's mailboxes have been removed temporarily.
"We have four mailboxes doing the service for 50,000 people," Benedetto says. "That's stretching it a little bit, especially if you're not positive where the mailboxes are, and you have to go searching."
He says the Postal Service will replace the mailboxes in about two weeks, then upgrade those that have been left in operation.