Westbrookville, NY contract post office closing abruptly

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In the hamlet of Westbrookville, which sits on the border of eastern Sullivan and western Orange counties in New York, the tiny community post office is the social hub of the neighborhood. With no home mail delivery, residents are in and out every day, sometimes twice a day. They chat with neighbors and Marlene Roe, who runs the post office, and often stop at the deli next door for coffee. But all that is set to change on March 31 when Roe retires.  The Postal Service is closing this post office, and without going through a discontinuance procedure or giving the community an opportunity to appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  That’s because it’s a contract postal unit, which the Postal Service says is not covered by the laws governing post office closings.  Read more.

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