Local civic groups worked on the issue for more than seven years, and are still asking for Glendale to have its own zip code.
Congressman Bob Turner and Assemblyman Mike Miller announced the decision on Friday, June 15, in front of the Glendale Post Office at 69-36 Myrtle Avenue.
Miller, who’s lived in the area for 44 years, said he noticed a problem when he sent out his first Assembly mailing to Glendale residents and their addresses came up as Ridgewood at the post office.
“Every time we order something and we give our zip code, it comes up Ridgewood or Flushing,” Miller said. “You know in the Assembly you come home from session quite late, so at one in the morning I was watching TV, I ordered something, when I called and I gave my zip code they asked me, ‘are you from Ridgewood or Flushing?’”
On May 22, Turner, along with a representative from Miller’s office, gave the local Postal Service district manager a formal application requesting a separate zip code for Glendale. They attached a letter of support from both Glendale and Ridgewood community organizations and businesses, and a petition signed by more than 1,000 local residents.
The USPS denied the zip code request, but awarded Glendale the Preferred Last Line, so it will come up in address searches.
“It’s important for the people of Glendale to have their own identity,” Miller said.
But the fight for a zip code is not over. Turner and Miller said they intend to appeal the decision with the National Service Headquarters on behalf of Glendale. They said the zip code 11384 is available for use.
Bob Kozlowski, of the Glendale Property Owners Association, said not having a unique zip code can affect car and homeowners insurance along with timely deliveries, which affects restaurants and the elderly in particular.
“We have issues as our population increases,” Kozlowski said “We have issues as far as ordering medications online, getting stuff delivered. The unique zip code has always been an issue.”