The One HV Town that Will Replace Your Damaged Mailbox
We recently got more winter weather in the Hudson Valley, but having your mailbox fall victim to a massive plow blade can ruin any joy you may have received from the snow day. Who's responsible if your mailbox falls victim to a massive plow blade all depends on where you live.
"Who do I call about plow drivers? This is getting ridiculous. The houses on either side of me don't have this problem but my mailbox keeps getting hit and my mail ends up in the yard", came a recent complaint from a Hyde Park, NY resident. Town-by-town, there are several factors to take into consideration when determining fault.
Snowplow vs Mailbox in Newburgh, NY
The issue obviously isn't isolated to Hyde Park. In the town of Newburgh, for example, the highway department did such a good plow job that afterwards, the roads showed almost no evidence of the winter weather that was falling just hours before. Unfortunately, one truck seemed to stray juuust off the pavement and into a rural mailbox (below). But who's responsible for fixing it?
The Town of Newburgh, NY Will Replace Plow-Damaged Mailboxes
If you live in the Town of Newburgh, then you're in luck. While most towns in the Hudson Valley insist that damaged mailboxes are the responsibility of the property owner (looking at you, East Fishkill), the Town of Newburgh will actually help you fix or replace your snowplow-damaged mailbox... with a few requirements.
How to Get Your Plow-Damaged Mailbox Replaced
The town says they'll help as long as your mailbox was "installed and maintained according to United States Postal Department standards", in good pervious condition, clearly visible, and was actually hit by a town plow. If you meet those standards, here's what you can expect.
The Town of Newburgh says they will provide a "basic standard size steel mailbox", as well as a support post. They may even help temporarily fix the current mailbox until a new one can be installed in the spring. Speaking of plows... help name the New Paltz, NY fleet below, and keep scrolling to find the best private option for plow services.