Tenants at NYCHA facility in Clinton Hill claim they went without mail for 2 months

Tenants at a NYCHA facility in Clinton Hill claim they went without their mail for two months and are calling on the US Postal Service to do better.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2020, 1:32 AM

Updated 1,402 days ago

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Tenants at a NYCHA facility in Clinton Hill claim they went without their mail for two months and are calling on the US Postal Service to do better. 
Vancillia Oliver, who has lived at Lafayette Gardens for the past 50 years, says even though the mailboxes are perfectly fine, no one in the building received their mail for nearly two months. 
"My mail is my livelihood I need to know what's going on with my doctors anybody my health coverage anything I need my mail,” said Oliver. 
In a statement, a US Postal Service spokesperson tells News 12 in part, “An issue impacting the security of our personnel, and potentially the mail for our customers there, forced us to temporarily suspend delivery. While delivery service has been restored, the postal service will continue to monitor conditions.  We treat the safety of our carriers and the security of your mail as a top priority. "
Tenants have been able to pick up their mail at a nearby office but Shirley Nelson, who has problems with her legs, tells News 12 that's just not right. 
"It was rough on me...I can't keep walking up to the post office and stuff... Stopping and sitting on cars and stuff and I just stopped going because I can't do it,” said Nelson. 
A sign is now up at that office on Myrtle Avenue informing tenants that their mail is being delivered and those who live in the building tell News 12 they did receive mail on Wednesday. 
However, they wish the postal service handled the issue differently.
Oliver tells News 12  tenants are willing to ban together and help the service out by forming a watch in the building, even bringing in police officers to help, to keep whoever is helping them out and getting them their mail safe.
According to the city’s Parks Department, the state senate is working to give $1 million to reconstruct the basketball courts at Washington Park, although News 12 is told it does take time for those funds to become available.
 


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