Residents Blast NYC Housing Authority, Have To Walk Mile To Post OfficeBy Tony Aiello

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Their mailboxes are right in the lobby. So why did Bronx residents spend the last week traveling almost a mile to get their mail?

The only thing you’ll find in the mailboxes is dust and rust, since the Postal Service stopped delivering to 950 Union Ave., last week.

They say no more mail, because they get wet!

A persistent leaky pipe above the mailboxes got so bad mail carriers complained it was a danger and refused to serve the building.

The problem has obviously been developing over many years. The mailbox divider is completely rusted out. That didn’t happen overnight.

“Who do I blame? Housing! Housing!” resident Rosa Mulero told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

“They should have got off their butts a long time ago. They knew that’s what’s going on,” resident Sharon Tucker added.

Residents say the City Housing Authority dragged its feet fixing the pipe and they paid a price.

“We gotta take the bus. We gotta pay the fare. They don’t pay the fare for us,” Mulero said, adding when reminded she has to pay money “to go and pick up my own mail!”

Aiello checked on his GPS. The residents have to travel nearly a mile to get to the Boulevard Station Post Office, where they then crowd the lobby and wait.

“It’s been an hour today. Yesterday it was close to two hours just to get the mail,” resident Nelson Vazquez said.

The Housing Authority claims the situation will be fixed in a day or two, but residents said they will believe it when they see it. A housing official told them the old boxes would be removed last week.

“Friday! It’s Tuesday and the mailboxes are still in the lobby,” Vazquez said.

So, it seems nothing stops the Postal Service — except the NYC Housing Authority.

On Wednesday night the Housing Authority said it has finished repairs, and mail delivery will resume as soon as the Postal Service inspects and approves.

Do you believe this? What do you think? Tell us below …

Tony Aiello

Comments (10)
  1. Danny says:

    I find it funny that they’re complaining about walking less than a mile. If it was 20 below with 2 feet of snow, OK, that’s awful. But on an average day, a mile there and a mile back, in one week, you’ll feel great. It’s one of the best exercises you will ever get. And it really only takes about 15-25 minutes or so.

    1. KPMc says:

      You’re talking to people that have made housing projects their homes for decades. Not exactly the ‘get up off your ass and overcome obstacles to better yourself’ crowd. More like the ‘I want everything without effort and I want someone to bring it to me’ crowd!

  2. lou says:

    Stupid A$$ they are required to protect your welfare checks from damage at all times,why dont you all get jobs and stop whinning

  3. Phil Bert says:

    What happened to their creed? Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor leaky pipe.

  4. KPMc says:

    “They should have got off their butts a long time ago. They knew that’s what’s going on,” resident Sharon Tucker added.

    Probably just me but i find it funny (really it is pathetic but if you don’t laugh you’ll go crazy) that a public housing resident is telling someone else to get off their butts.

  5. NYC says:

    NYC Housing Authority is the biggest slumlord in NYC! For all the taxes NY citizens pay, these buildings should be in tip top shape, but no, apparently many of the Housing Authority buildings are rampant with crime, disrepairs, broken elevators! Come on Government, why should this be?!!

    1. Projects dont make money says:

      Taxes do not go to these buildings.There budget is probably less then my house budget.Plus the rents are low and people refuse to pay most of time.Section 8 is also another killer to the housing authority.

  6. Big Nards says:

    The Bronx sux. All mail should not be delivered to the Bronx.

  7. Bigbrostyx Walls says:

    A leaky pipe keeps them from their appointed rounds.Whoa…

  8. Close all post offices Ups rules says:

    And this is reason post offices are closing use your rain gear you lazy bums.

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