As the month of September draws near, Ulster County postal workers in the 125 postal area are expressing fear and trepidation in the face of organizational changes slated to affect the operation of county post offices, part of a bold USPS nationwide reorganization and consolidation plan to cut costs.
The 125 refers to all the post offices in southeast Ulster County identified by the first three numbers of the zip code. Directly affected are Highland (Town of Lloyd), Milton (Town of Marlborough), Modena and Clintondale (both in the Town of Plattekill), Wallkill (Town of Shawangunk), and Gardiner. The bulk of 125 post offices are in Orange and Dutchess counties.
Clintondale, Modena and New Paltz had been identified in February as three Ulster County sites under consideration for conversion.
The anxiety was contagious last week as state senators Michelle Hinchey and Rob Rolison publicized the contents of a letter they sent to postmaster general Louis DeJoy entitled “Fight to Protect Hudson Valley Post Offices.” They called for the consolidation plan to be reversed.