Thanks to the help of a local elected official, a mail collection box in Woodhaven has been restored.
Congresswoman Grace Meng announced earlier this week that she convinced the U.S. Postal Service to bring back the box on 98th Street and the northbound service road of Woodhaven Boulevard.
Residents in the area complained that the box suddenly went missing last month, Meng said. The congresswoman then contacted the agency and learned that it was taken away for repairs.
Moving the box on 98th Street forced residents to walk several blocks away to another collection box. It affected many seniors who were unable to walk that additional distance.
Within days, the box was reinstalled.
“This collection box serves an important need for local residents, and I’m pleased that those who use it can continue to do so,” Meng said. “Making my constituents travel further to send out their mail was a major inconvenience for them, and physically difficult, if not impossible, for many seniors.”