Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17), Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Congressmen Eliot Engel (NY-16) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) on Wednesday sent a letter to United States Postmaster General Megan Brennan calling for the Postal Service to address theft of mail across the Hudson Valley.
In the letter, the members highlighted incidents of stolen mail that resulted in financial fraud and identity theft. From missing payments to emptied bank accounts after thieves “wash” checks pulled from collection boxes, mail theft threatens the livelihood of constituents.
“These thefts occur daily, rapidly and significantly decreasing the reliability of the Postal Service,” the members wrote. “These widespread incidents cost our constituents large sums of money and much time to remedy, not to mention the confidence and peace of mind that the Postal Service prides itself on providing.”
The delegation was alerted to these alarming thefts by Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino last week.
“We know from our constituents and from media reports that similar thefts have occurred in Rockland County, Bronx County, and elsewhere across our region of New York. The Postal Service must implement new technology to secure collection boxes and significantly increase the number of Postal Inspectors to prevent and investigate this epidemic of theft,” the members concluded.
Service problems with the Postal Service in the Hudson Valley have proven to be widespread and systemic in recent months and years. Members of the delegation have also called on the Postal Service to address constituent complaints regarding delivery reliability and develop a comprehensive plan to end the unacceptable, potentially life-threatening mail delivery issues that plague the area.