Congresswoman Grace Meng is calling on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to combat the theft of mail from green relay boxes in Queens, which are next to many of the blue collection boxes.
In July, Meng wrote to District Manager Frank Calabrese, who oversees the postal operations in Queens, to address the problem.
Although some changes were recently made, Meng wants to see them expanded, and in a follow-up letter to Calabrese, called for additional steps to be taken:
- Reducing the amount of time that mail is left in relay boxes to lower the chances of thieves stealing the envelopes inside
- Installing more locks on relay boxes, including all that are located in her congressional district
- And notifying the public — specifically those impacted — when mail in relay boxes has been stolen