The message from State Representative David Yaccarino (R-North Haven) to residents concerned about losing the Post Office on Washington Avenue: Don't panic.
Discussing the situation today, Yaccarino said that after meetings with local postmasters and and USPS employees, he felt optimistic that the branch would remain in town.
"Right now, there's no need to jump to conclusions," he said. "The Post Office is a vital asset to our community. I don't believe that office will be affected."
Yaccarino is quick to note that the USPS is currently surveying the entire state's mail operations in an attempt consolidate resources and evaluate the Service's existing infrastructure.
"Unlike some of our neighboring towns, North Haven only has one post office," said the Representative, suggesting that Hamden or Wallingford, each with three USPS locations could be more likely targets for cutbacks.
A bigger concern of Yaccarino's is that drivers might have to travel to a facility in New Haven rather than the USPS' Middletown Avenue location in Northford.
For the time being, the State Rep urges residents to stay involved and express their opinions on the matter.
"The Post Office could change direction, we really don't know," he said. "It's important to continue to show them that the service is wanted and needed."
"You don't want to scare people, but you need to do your homework," he added.