The real problem with the Cold Spring Post Office has been created by Mr Constantine Serroukas, owner of the strip mall on Chestnut Street in the Village of Cd Sprg, in which the Post Office is located, and Mr Daniel Katz, owner of the Foodtown supermarket next to the Post Office.
These two businessmen have been for some time attempting to oust the Post Office from its home of many years in the strip mall on Chestnut Street.
These financial interests have been causing a disastrous situation for the Cold Spring community and have endangered the Post Office,which many feel is an important part of life in Cold Spring.
The community pressure on Mayor Seth Gallagher and on the Village Board members has apparently caused the mayor and the Village Board currently to conduct secret negotiations with Mr Serroukas to build a new Post Office on a vacant residential lot owned by him on the corner of Marion Avenue and Benedict Road. This would greatly increase the traffic and congestion and danger to pedestrians in a residential enclave, and would profit Mr Serroukas alone.
The obvious solution to this situation created by Mr Serroukas and Mr Katz, is for Mr Serroukas to extend the Post Office’s lease in its present location for a long-term period, say, for ten years, and for Mr Katz to accept the limitations of the village site for his store. There is no room in the Village for a Walmart-sized facility.
There is no need for the Village of Cold Spring to lose its Post Office to the whims of these two businessmen who are pushing Mayor Seth Gallagher and the Village Board into a disastrous alternative to the obvious and simple solution of extending the lease of the Post Office for the next ten years.