By MICHELLE MONROE
NORTH HERO – Earlier this week, the Islander reached out to Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office concerning the delays in mail delivery in North Hero.
Leahy spokesperson David Carle said today that the Senator’s staff had been assured mail will be delivered today.
The U. S, Postal Service (USPS) acknowledged that the delays are the result of a shortage of carriers, Carle wrote in an email to the Islander.
“There are similar staffing shortages around the country right now,” Carle continued. “They have assured [Senator Leahy] that North Hero customers will receive mail today, and that USPS has a plan going forward to improve delivery in North Hero and to prevent further delays.”
However, Carle said the Senator’s staff will be remaining in close contact with USPS until Leahy is confident the situation has been resolved.
The rest of Carle’s statement is below:
“Last year Senator Leahy joined 46 other senators in sending an oversight letter to the new Postmaster General about his recent moves that have slowed mail service to millions of Americans. During negotiations for a second COVID relief package, as chairman of the Appropriations Committee he fought hard for increased funding for the Postal Service, and Congress was able to pass a bill that included $10 billion in emergency funding for USPS. That bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020.
“The problems that the Postal Service is experiencing are not due to its dedicated workforce, which has heroically struggled to serve Americans during the pandemic. A strong and dependable Postal Service is a vital and critical service for all Americans, all the more so in rural states like Vermont, and he will continue to fight for policies that ensure its viability for generations to come.”