Rep. Zeldin Announces Initiative to Secure New Zip Codes on LI East End
Southampton, NY –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) was joined today by local elected officials and members of the community at the Crohan Community Center in Southampton to announce an initiative he has launched to create new zip codes on the East End of Long Island in the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton, in the Town of Southampton, which each currently share the same zip code, 11901, with the nearby Town of Riverhead, causing a number of issues in the local community.
According to research initiated by the concerned residents of these hamlets, there are currently 18 identical street names and 32 similar street names - and possibly more - that are shared between these Southampton hamlets and Riverhead Town. This causes a number of issues in the local community and makes things very confusing for postal carriers, which leads to mail and packages being delivered to the wrong address, and sometimes even being routed as far away as Flanders, New Jersey. Furthermore, sometimes these packages aren’t able to be delivered, with packages frequently being marked as “return to sender” or “address unknown.”
Congressman Zeldin signed and sent a letter to the Postmaster today officially requesting that the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton, each be assigned with their own new, unique zip codes, possibly 11902, 11903, and 11904, respectively, in order to make them distinguishable from each other and from Riverhead Town. After the letter is submitted, the Postmaster should give an answer within 60 days.
“This is a serious concern for residents on the East End of Long Island. I have been very well aware of this issue since several years before entering Congress and I am honored to lead the effort for the community to hopefully achieve a positive solution,” said Congressman Zeldin. “The delay of deliveries caused by this issue is not just a nuisance to the local community, but can also greatly impact quality of life. These packages can hold important goods like medications, which are critical for a person's health and well-being. They can also cause major problems for police, first responders, and other emergency personnel, who may arrive at the wrong address due to these shared street names with the same zip code. These kinds of mistakes can be avoided and all of these problems can simply be alleviated by assigning new and unique zip codes to Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton.”
Congressman Zeldin received many requests from residents, community organizations, and elected officials.
Senator Ken LaValle said “Individuality is very important for communities. Unique Zip Codes for Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton will provide them with the distinction that they deserve. In addition, providing specific zip codes would also eliminate the misdirection of mail, speed delivery and result in more reliable delivery. I fully support efforts to provide these areas with individual Zip Codes.”
Assemblyman Fred Thiele stated, "Through intergovernmental cooperation, we are making great strides to revitalize the hamlets of Flanders, Northampton, and Riverside. On the state level alone, we have accomplished the repaving of Route 24, special legislation to expedite the Riverside Traffic Circle reconstruction, the approval of long requested traffic lights, the authorization of PILOT payments to reduce tax impacts, and state grants for local economic development projects. The efforts of Congressman Zeldin to obtain zip codes for these hamlets is another critical step to establish the community identity that is necessary to build a prosperous future. I applaud Congressman Zeldin's initiative."
“For close to 20 years, the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton communities have requested an independent zip code not only to enhance their sense of identity but to ensure the safe and timely arrival of important mail and packages,” said Councilwoman Christine Scalera, “as the Town of Southampton is actively engaged in revitalizing this area, a zip code also provides the benefit of enhancing the sense of community as a hamlet within the Town.”
Councilman Brad Bender said, “Providing unique zip codes to the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton areas is a great idea – one that would go a long way to improving mail delivery service, as well as instilling a sense of pride of place for the residents and businesses in those hamlets.”
“Receiving calls from lost guests or delivery men are an inconvenience experienced by many residents of the area, but having lifesaving medicine delivered to the right address in the wrong town is a far more serious matter. I am grateful that Congressman Zeldin has recognized the danger to community members that this long unresolved zip code matter causes” said Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association President Vince Taldone. “Community members have been fighting for years to get this issue resolved and I am grateful that Congressman Zeldin has taken up the battle on our behalf.”
Ronald Fisher, Secretary of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), said, “Congressman Zeldin has impressed me in the way he has addressed our communities' need for new zip codes. The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton CAC first brought this issue to his attention in May, and within a week he had contacted the head of the U.S. Post Office and provided me with the official federal process for obtaining zip codes for our hamlets. We at the CAC collected nearly 20 letters of support from heads of civic groups, elected officials, volunteer fire and ambulance departments, residents and businesses to get the ball rolling. The community spoke loudly and clearly, and Mr. Zeldin listened. I am excited that Congressman Zeldin has taken up our cause with such speed and vigilance."