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Albuquerque Postal Invetigation

This June 6, 2019 image shows the sign in front of the Academy Station Post Office in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Residents on Helmi Drive in the town of Geddes, Onondaga County, will no longer have to go to a centralized box unit to receive their mail. 

U.S. Rep. John Katko said Tuesday that the U.S. Postal Service will install mailboxes for 27 residential addresses on the street. 

Katko, R-Camillus, was informed of the problem by Geddes Highway Supervisor Paul Trovato and Ed Weber, a Geddes town councilor. Residents complained that the centralized box unit was an inconvenience and required some residents, including seniors, to travel from their homes to the unit to pick up mail deliveries. 

Katko's office said Helmi Drive is the only street in Geddes with a centralized box unit. 

After meeting with Trovato and Weber, Katko served as a liaison between the town and the U.S. Postal Service and encouraged the agency to provide door delivery to Helmi Drive residents. 

"My office in Syracuse works to cut through red tape when individuals in our community are frustrated in dealings with federal agencies. I was proud to collaborate with town of Geddes Councilor Ed Weber to ensure the concerns of Geddes residents were heard by the USPS," Katko said. "With this change, senior citizens and residents in the town of Geddes will no longer face confusion or inconvenience in receiving their mail." 

Weber added, "Working together does make a difference for solving problems no matter what level of government we represent." 

Katko has cosponsored legislation to require the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail directly to residential addresses. 

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.