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The federal government is closing the only post office in the Columbia Street Waterfront District — but neighbors in the geographically isolated hood say the branch shouldn’t be stamped out.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service must shut down its Columbia Street location by March 31 to scrape up enough money to pay employee salaries, according to an agency spokeswoman.

But package-shlepping residents are now circulating a petition demanding the post office near President Street remain open, saying the neighborhood — which is cut off from subways and shopping by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway — is in special need of a walkable spot to buy stamps and send brown boxes.

“It’s a big inconvenie­nce,” said Norman Cox of the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association.

The closest post office — on Clinton and Bush streets in Red Hook — is a 15-block walk away, 12 blocks from the nearest open subway station since the Smith-Ninth Street station is closed for repairs.

The petition to save the post office garnered 200 signatures in just 24 hours — and Columbia Street post office employees say they understand the community’s frustration.

“I feel bad for people in the neighborho­od,” said Rita Farone, who ran the post office branch for 17 years. “And now I gotta find another job.”

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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