Glendale denied their own ZIP code, granted “preferred last line”

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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison
THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

Glendale, denied a new ZIP code was granted a preferred last line by the post office.

Denied its own ZIP code, the post office granted Glendale a distinction to help separate itself from neighboring Ridgewood.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) moved Glendale to a “preferred last line,” which will allow Glendale residents to be recognized as such.

“Every time we order something it comes up Ridgewood or Flushing, but we’re Glendale,” said Assemblymember Mike Miller, who along with Congressmember Bob Turner petitioned the USPS for a ZIP code change.

A “preferred last line” will allow the post office and web sites to recognize addresses within the limits of the neighborhood as Glendale instead of automatically changing it to Ridgewood.

“This is the first time we have not been ignored,” said Turner, who called the issue an “irksome problem that has existed for a very long time.”

Since 1979, Glendale has shared the 11385 ZIP code with Ridgewood.

Miller said he has received stacks of letters complaining about Glendale being without ZIP code, but this is a big first step.

“We’ve been trying for years to get this done and nobody would make a change,” Miller said. “In this case we actually got movement. You get movement that’s the first step.”

Currently, officials are determining the boundaries of Glendale so every address will be recognized as such by the post office.

The preferred last line is just a start, officials said.

“We need a unique ZIP code,” said Bob Kozlowski, vice president of the Glendale Property Owners Association.

Miller and Turner said that they will soon reapply for a Glendale ZIP code. They said 11384 is available and would allow the USPS to easily remedy the situation with the change of a single digit.