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Residents angered with mail delays due to snowfall

As snowfall increases during the day, postman Rob As snowfall increases during the day, postman Rob Dapruzzo delivers mail to business along Main Street in Riverhead on Monday, January 26, 2015 in the Town of Riverhead. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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"Neither snow nor rain nor heat . . . stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," is generally, but incorrectly, thought to be the motto of the U.S. Postal Service.

"If we didn't know before that it's not true, we know it now," said Josephine Perchikoff of Laurel Court in Seaford, who was unhappy she got no mail the first half of this week.

For the past two weeks, Long Island has been hit by heavy snowfall.

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"We called Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and got all kinds of excuses, but no mail," Perchikoff said. "We finally got some mail at 5:30 Thursday night."

Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, said it did all it could under trying circumstances.

"In some locations, for the safety of our co-workers exposed to such [snow, ice and sleet] conditions for prolonged periods . . . postal officials suspended deliveries in late afternoon after a long, full shift on the street," she said.

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Marion said that some deliveries in and around Laurel Court "did experience some interruptions . . . [and] delivery was later in the day than usual on Thursday."

Karen Bellamore, another Laurel Court resident, said she found no comfort in the nonpostal motto, which is inscribed on the General Post Office building at Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street in Manhattan.

"Here's what I don't understand -- the newspaper was delivered every day and schools were open two of those three days," Bellamore said. "So what makes the mail carriers so special?"

According to Marion, the answer is a "double whammy with a precarious drop in temperature."

She said that delivery routes that often top "500 deliveries, carriers frequently experience many stairways, sidewalks, roadways and mailboxes that are far less accessible, [contributing] to a slower pace of delivery."

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