Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Michael Gianaris

October 27, 2011

The Queens Gazette wrote on elected officials' success in saving the Grand Station Post Office from closing. Senator Gianaris was proud to have been able to keep this valuable service open so that all community members, old and new, could continue to benefit from their local post office.

The Grand Station Post Office has been saved.

Astoria residents were pleasantly surprised to find that the branch located at 45-08 30th Ave. will remain open after an announcement came on October 19 via the United States Postal Service after it abandoned its plans to close the small location that services thousands of customers every year. The USPS reached their decision last week after more than 1,000 residents signed petitions, which Congressmember Carolyn Maloney delivered to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe last August.


Maloney was joined by state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and District Leader Costa Constantinides. Along with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. (who were not present) all were instrumental in helping to keep the branch operating.

“As our neighborhood continues to grow, we cannot afford to lose important services such as those provided by the Grand Station Post Office.

I am thrilled that we were able to save this community resource, particularly for our seniors who spent their lives making our neighborhood as great as it is today,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.