Views from Empire

Update from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s Office

(A kind neighbor forwarded this message from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke along last month! )

Our office has continued our efforts to address the United States Postal Service Issues within the District. As per our conversation towards the James E. Davis Station gates, Congresswoman Clarke has been working closely with USPS senior personnel to make sure our constituents concerns about the gates at the station are heard and taken into consideration. The Congresswoman has been working and recently lead the entire New York City Congressional Delegation in Brooklyn and in Washington D.C. to address the various Postal issues.

As of today I can provide you with a bit of update.

Last week at a congressional briefing to USPS Tri-borough Managers, I personally added my concern about the gates, also last month our District Director and I meet with Senior Staffers from the United States Postal Station and again we asked for maintenance to look into replacing and fixing those gates as soon as possible. Our office was assured that various USPS maintenance personal will look into the James E. Davis gates issue and address the issue. Our office has also called upon the USPS to look into maintenance capital for all USPS Stations in need of repairs in the District to receive some type of building facelift and upkeep.

We hope to hear a positive response from the United States Postal Service on the James E. Davis station in the coming weeks and months. I will continue to follow up with USPS personnel on this issue and I can assure you that Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke will continue to keep this on our agenda until some type of action is delivered.

I have also cc’d my District Director, Anita Taylor and Lovelie Tejada for their review.

Best Regard’s,


District Representative

U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)

Brooklyn District Office

222 Lenox Road, Suite 1 @ 2 Side Entrance

Brooklyn, NY 11226

T: 718-287-1142 | C: 917-960-0351

Meeting with Tom McMenamy, President of APWU Local

On June 16, 2018 we met with Tom McMenamy the president of APWU Local 251 to explore how we could improve Davis Post Office. Here are the high-level notes from that discussion as well as planned next steps.


Tom visited the post office the Tuesday before and noted many of the issues we observed around cleanliness and efficiency.

He would like to see the following steps carried out at the post office in the next three months:

  • window glass cleaned and/or replaced
  • lobby cleaned regularly
  • post office floor cleaned and waxed

In order to realize the post office will need to hire a custodian. This person will also look into raising the rollgates and keeping the exterior of the post office clean.

The post office should have a lobby director but on his visit, Tom did not observe one present and is not sure this role is filled at Davis.

Postal workers do receive sensitivity training. Unfortunately in some cases, it doesn’t seem to be effective.

The post office will be rolling out real-time package tracking like UPS and FedEx have. We were not certain this would resolve the package pickup issues but some postal workers are hopeful. The people that deliver packages are in a different union and out of scope for this discussion unfortunately.

As a union rep, he could not support the idea of adding postage machines but is in favor of adding more staff to carry out small tasks.

The post office is looking for community support to reintroduce postal banking and postal workers in general need community support since the institution is under attack.


  1. Tom will email notes from our conversation to Representatives Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries who have already been talking to the US Postmaster General about issues throughout Brooklyn.
  2. If you experience rudeness from a particular clerk, you should be able to get their name from their tag. You can email us if you want to pass along your experience/complaint.
  3. Complaints can also be made to the Brooklyn Postmaster Scott Farrar 1050 Forbell Street Brooklyn, NY 11256


June 16, 2018 – Post Office Improvement meeting

We are excited to announce that we will be meeting with Tom McMenamy, President of the American Postal Workers’ Union Local 251 on June 16 2018 at 10am at 269 Empire Boulevard.

Please join us in lifting the neighborhood voice for change. Our elected officials  (Clarke, Moore, Adams, Richardson, Hamilton) will be invited. Please come and urge them to attend as well.

Together we can secure a renewed post office for our community!

(Light drinks and snacks will be served and we will aim to keep the meeting brief)

Updates from CB9, Richardson and Hamilton

We spoke with Ms. Mia Hilton of Community Board 9 office (tel: 718-778-9279 today . The Chairman of the Community Board Musa Moore received our letter and should be sending a response this week.

A representative of the board intends to attend the postal service’s bi-monthly Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting, which is for the Chairpersons of the Community Boards for Brooklyn.

According to John Venable, Customer Relations Coordinator in the Office of the Brooklyn Postmaster ( 718-348-3341):

All Community boards are notified of the upcoming scheduled meetings. We encourage all Community Board Chairperson to be in attendance to inform the Postal Service of any issues or concerns their constituents in the community may have.

At best, at this forum our Local Management staff is afforded the opportunity to address and resolve the needs of the community as well as inform the Community Bd. Chairperson’s of possible issues that can be address by the community that may impede on service to our customers. e.g. broken mail boxes, small mail slots, etc.

We’ve received noncommital responses from Richardson’s office and Hamilton’s office.

We’ve received no response from the post office to date or any representative of the US Postal Service to date.

Update from the Borough President’s Office

On 2018-05-15 16:34, Kleidman, Mila (BROOKLYNBP) wrote:

Brooklyn  Borough President Eric L. Adams’ office received your recent complaint regarding James E. Davis Postal Office.  Upon receipt of your request for assistance I contacted U.S. Postal Service Customer Relations Coordinator.  When a response is received from the Postal Services will contact you again. Thank you for contacting our office.

Mila Kleidman

Constituent Liaison

Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

Eric L. Adams

We Can Deliver Change – Davis Post Office Listening Session

This morning, a small group of us gathered in front of the Davis Post Office with coffee and donuts to talk to community members and postal workers about a vision for an improved post office.

When we discovered that no forward steps had been made since the November 2017 “Town Hall” meeting about the post office, we wanted to see what a small group of neighbors could do.

Over those two hours, we gathered a wealth of ideas and experiences from our neighbors about the post office.

We encountered a rich mix of delight, frustration, anger, and confusion. The overall impression was negative, but patrons were overflowing with suggestions for improvements.

As a next step, we intend to share the requests that we gathered in a clearly worded letter to our elected officials at the community board, city, state, and federal level.  Once the letter is sent, we will share it here, and continue to follow up and update you all via this website/social media.

If you  have additional thoughts or insight about the post office (or anything else!), please drop us an email!

110 Empire Blvd

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