Letter to the Editor Re: Trolley Square Post Office [Commentary]

November 20, 2009

In an effort to cut back on costs, the United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) has proposed closing a handful of post offices across Connecticut. The Trolley Square post office in East Haven is unfortunately on that list. Part of the solution offered by the U.S.P.S. involves folding the operations of the Trolley Square location into a facility on Frontage Road in New Haven.

To me, this is not an acceptable solution. The Frontage Road location is inaccessible and inconvenient for many East Haven residents who rely on the Main Street office, particularly many of the town’s senior citizens who often do not have easy access to transportation. Closing the post office would also detract from the critical development and revitalization downtown that has been so essential to the area’s economic growth.

There have been a number of rallies and public hearings regarding the potential closure of the Trolley Square location. Earlier this week I received an email from a constituent who expressed concern that I was not in attendance at a recent hearing. I would like to take this opportunity to explain that to my knowledge, I received no notice or invitation to attend this particular hearing. And while I regret that I was not present at that meeting, it is important to me that the residents of East Haven know that my absence at this meeting is by no means an indication that I have forgotten the cause.

For some time now I have been actively engaged in the effort to keep the post office open. Despite the fact that operations of a post office are largely a federal issue, on August 28th, 2009 I sent a letter to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro asking her to intervene on behalf of the Town of East Haven to keep the Trolley Square Post Office up and running. I have also sent a letter to the United States Postmaster General, the Honorable John Potter.

The Trolley Square Post Office is an East Haven institution. The only post office in town, it serves a vital function in the community. Closing the location would deny East Haven residents the convenience and reliability they have come to depend upon for generations. I will continue to work toward keeping this post office open in its current location. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments on this matter I encourage you to contact my office. You can reach me toll free at 800.842.1421 or via email at [email protected].