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‘Really Outrageous’: Missing Mail Mystery Puzzles Hudson Valley

October 22, 2018 - 7:56 pm
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SOMERS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Mail theft has become a big problem in the Hudson Valley and a local representative is demanding answers from the U.S. Postal Service.

Most recently, 20 boxes of mail were found dumped in a wooded area of Somers.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg: Mail theft has been reported in West Nyack, White Plains, Ossining and Tarrytown, and 20 passport applications mailed in Tappan are missing.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey told WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg that the problem is “really outrageous.”

“People are losing checks, they’re missing bills, they’re not getting medications, and I’m continuing to hold the Postal Service accountable,” Lowey said.  

Lowey can’t come to terms with why this has become such a problem. She says it’s part of a trend of missteps by the Postal Service in the Hudson Valley and that she wants more accountability.

“I sent a letter to the deputy post master general urging him to provide prompt answers regarding schedule changes and problems at the Westchester Processing and Distribution Center,” Lowey said.

The U.S. Postal Inspector General's office is investigating. The probe could lead to criminal charges.