12.14.99

SCHUMER CALLS ON POSTMASTER GENERAL TO EXPLAIN ISLANDIA, HAUPPAUGE, RONKOKOMA ZIP CODE CONSOLIDATION

Proposed Consolidation Has Prompted Concern Over Financial Burden, Increased Car Insurance Rates, Decreased Property Values

US Senator Charles E. Schumer has called for an explanation of the Long Island District US Postal Service's recent decision to consolidate the zip codes for Islandia, Hauppauge and Ronkonkoma. In a letter to US Postmaster General William J. Henderson yesterday, Schumer expressed concern over the proposed consolidation, which is slated to go into effect on March 11, 2000.

"I understand how the new zip code may benefit the Village of Islandia," wrote Schumer. "However, I am concerned about the ramifications on surrounding residents and businesses."

Long Island District Manager Thomas Rosati sent a letter to the residents of Islandia on December 6, 1999, stating that the present three zip codes (11722, 11779, 11788) will be consolidated into one unique zip code (11749). The letter claims that the consolidation will lead to a more efficient mail delivery operation, but US Postal Service representatives have yet to justify that claim to Schumer's office.

"In contrast, businesses have complained about the financial burden of an altered mail delivery plan and my constituents have expressed apprehension about increased car insurance rates, decreased property values, and the hassle of having to travel to a distant post office for package pickups," wrote Schumer.

To address these concerns, Schumer has requested "a formal explanation addressing the reason for the new zip code, the less than three month implementation notice of the change, and how it will affect the businesses and residents of Islandia, Hauppauge, and Ronkonkoma."

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