The U.S. Postal Service uses eight vans to deliver mail in the Heights neighborhood around the office. The city owns and operates a municipal lot at the Central Avenue post office, but only three of spots are reserved for post office vehicles, pushing the overflow out onto local streets.
But the vans are parked overnight on the city streets, despite not having residential permits. Jersey City has little authority over the vans, which are property of the federal government and lack license plates, officials say.
“We strive to be a good neighbor and consider safety a top priority,” said George B. Flood, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. “Our drivers are reminded to be respectful of the neighborhoods we serve in terms of where they park postal vehicles and the length of time they are parked.”
But Patrick says the vans are parked in areas where “a resident would get a ticket in a hot New York minute.”