PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Peekskill residents looking to mail letters may have to bring some extra change to the post office.
The price to mail a 1-ounce letter increased Sunday by 1 cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents. Postcard stamps also are up a penny, from 32 cents to 33 cents.
Residents looking to save a few cents can still use the postal service's Forever stamps, which were sold for 45 cents until Monday, said Peekskill post office supervisor Vincent Prince. Stamps purchased from Monday on will cost more.
“If someone bought a book of (20) stamps on Saturday, they were $9, and today they are $9.20,” Prince said Monday.
George B. Flood, U.S. Postal Service spokesman for the Northeast, said new stamps will be available soon, but until then Forever stamps will be available for purchase at the new rate. Letters that already have been sent with 45-cent stamps will be delivered, he said.
The Postal Service also has launched several new shipping services. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post, formerly known as Standard Post. Also, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products includes:
- Small box: $5.80
- Medium box: $12.35
- Large box: $16.85
- Large APO/FPO box: $14.85
- Regular envelope: $5.60
- Legal envelope: $5.75
- Padded envelope: $5.90