Lake View NY post office suspended over lease issue


The Buffalo News: The Post Office in Lake View, New York, will close at noon Saturday after the U.S. Postal Service and landlord could not agree on a new lease.  [The lease ends on January 13, 2017.]

The move is temporary, according to Karen Mazurkiewicz, spokeswoman for the Postal Service in Buffalo.

“We don’t own that building,” she said of the structure at 6550 Southwestern Blvd. in the Town of Hamburg that is owned by Batavia Holdings. “We don’t want interruption of services. That’s why we are moving the boxes.”

There are approximately 190 active post office boxes, and they will be moved to the Hamburg Post Office, 5501 Camp Road, which already is the headquarters for carriers delivering mail to the Lake View community. Delivery service will not be interrupted, and box customers will be able to retrieve their mail starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Camp Road facility, which is open 24-hours a day.

“Continuation of operation is our first priority,” Mazurkiewicz said.

The next step is to go through an alternate quarters process, which includes assessing the needs for a new location in Lake View. Since the carriers do not work out of that postal branch, a smaller footprint would be needed, she said. The process also includes looking for a new place to house a post office in that area, she said.

Post cards explaining the changes were sent to box customers and street delivery customers the last week in December, she said.

The Lakeview Post Office offers full retail service as well as postal boxes, and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

There are five post offices near Lakeview, including North Evans, 6971 Versailles Road; Hamburg, 5501 Camp Road; Eden, 8230 N. Main St.; Derby, 7350 Erie Road; Athol Springs, 4480 Old Camp Road.