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Wreck kept the mail off limits

Written November 14th, 2013 by Hasso Hering
Repairs under way at the Albany Post Office Thursday afternoon.

Repairs under way at the Albany Post Office Thursday afternoon.

The Albany Post Office is supposed to reopen today (Nov. 15) after Thursday’s accidental drive-in. That’s according to the workers who labored late Thursday to rebuild the entry doors of the post office lobby at Second Avenue and Washington Street. Nobody else was there to ask. But why?

During the lunch hour Thursday, a driver (a 64-year-old woman) accidentally hit the gas and drove into the lobby where the self-service kiosk and the post office boxes are. Luckily, no one  was hurt. What was odd, though, was that the entire post office remained off limits to the public for the rest of the afternoon.

Once the wreckage was cleared away, it was hard for outsiders to see any reason why people could not have gone in and out of the Second Avenue door and had access to their boxes. As it was, people were coming by all afternoon, only to be turned away by police tape and improvised signs saying the office was temporarily closed. “Guess I can’t get my mail today,” one man muttered on the sidewalk before he got back in his SUV and drove off. But why couldn’t he?

The Democrat-Herald online reported that postal officials had no comment on the incident. Oh for the good old days, when Albany had a postmaster who played a prominent and public role in the community and was always ready to advise and help. If something like that accident had happened in the 1970s, the postmaster himself, Don Haley in those days, would have greeted people at the shattered door and offered to help them get their mail. (hh)

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