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You've Got (No) Mail: Some Residents Say No Delivery Since Saturday

Residents continue to lament Springfield's "abysmal postal service."

Despite an assurance that United States Postal Service officials had been sent to Springfield to investigate what residents have deemed "abysmal" delivery service, some say conditions are actually worsening.

"I haven't gotten mail since Saturday and its (sic) now Thursday," Springfield resident Bob Groder commented Thursday evening. "Monday was a holiday and no mail whatsoever all week." 

Groder isn't alone. Patch reader Ellen Weissman wrote, "no mail yesterday on gail court."

Another township resident who referred to the service as "abysmal" and asked not to be identified said she has not received mail since Saturday either and added that the issues with mail delivery began well-before the January 3rd snowstorm that left residents without mail for at least two days.

Other residents continued to express their concern that bills and other dated notices are not arriving or being delivered to the wrong address. Many are frustrated that as the quality of service declines, prices are on the rise. 

On Sunday, the cost of a first-class postage stamp will increase to 49 cents from 46 cents. A book of first-class, one-ounce stamps will cost $9.80. Forever Stamps purchased before the increase will still be valid for all one-ounce letters. 

On Jan. 11, Patch contacted USPS Northeast Area Vice President Richard Uluski regarding mail delivery. On Jan. 14, USPS spokesperson George B. Flood told Patch via email "... Springfield residents can expect to get delivery Monday through Saturday on a regular basis. Accordingly, two USPS Northern New Jersey District officials were dispatched to Springfield and have begun a comprehensive review."

Additionally, Flood asked any Springfield customers who experience a problem with their mail services to contact the local USPS Northern New Jersey District Consumer and Industry Contact Office at 732-819-3260. 

Requests for comment Thursday afternoon were not immediately returned. Patch will update this story as information becomes available. 

Has mail delivery improved, worsened or remained the same in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments changed.
Herbert Winterbottom III January 26, 2014 at 11:10 PM
G. Albanese, what is this nonsense about a "union issue perhaps, playing their power games to milk the system more and more"? Perhaps you were dropped on your head as a child? Postal employees milking the system? Ridiculous. Do you think they receive the pay and benefits that police or firefighters do? Or the pensions they do? You should learn some facts before you speak about a subject. Speculation like yours is just wrong.
Bob Groder January 27, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I also reached out to congressman Lance's office and much to my surprise got a call back within an hour and the woman couldn't have been nicer. She knew about the problem as lots of citizens had called in and she said the congressman was aware of it and that the problem was being fixed as we speak. It does pay to badger your representatives in Washington as it is their job to help the citizens on all issues such as this. I will believe it when I see it.
Erich Martin January 27, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Jaylee, eventually you and me. You blame the 2006 Republican Congress, and I agree, but, you have had a Dem. Majority in both houses in 2008 – 2010. Any one of them since 2008 could have changed it, no? If it was such a bad deal, I have not read it, than you all should have pounded your congressmen to have it repealed. In the past, the USPS either did not make a profit or pay for its obligations. Congress would not have just woke up one day and say “hey lets F with the USPS and make them found their employees 75 yrs out”. You say independent, independent of what? It is a US government entity and as such when it does not make a profit is paid for one way or another by you and me, the tax payer, did I miss something? I am fairly knowledgeable, more than most, I don’t know everything for sure but, when it comes to numbers and the government, most if not all are fudged, BOTH parties. As far as unions go, it’s not just me who is bashing the unions these days; it’s even the union members. Many unions are struggling, do you think it’s because they do what’s best for their people? Yes, they get you a decent wage but, they have also been a part of the problem causing manufacturing to leave the US. When a union is unwilling to re-negotiate, it is the everyday hard working people who lose in the end.

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