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Maroney ends Canton postmaster career

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CANTON - Mauri E. Maroney has wrapped up a 25-year career with the U.S. Postal Service that included postal jobs in several St. Lawrence County communities.

The 54-year-old retired Jan. 31 from her role as Canton postmaster after accepting a voluntary early retirement. She has held the postmaster job since May 2002.

“It’s always been a great place to work,” Ms. Maroney said. “We come under a lot of scrutiny, but I think we give a heck of a service to the public.”

Until a new postmaster is hired, those duties will be handled by Christopher Snyder, supervisor of customer service. When Ms. Maroney started her postal career in 1987, all first-class mail was sorted by hand and a postage stamp cost 22 cents. Now mail is sorted in Syracuse through an automated system and the price of a stamp has jumped to 49 cents.

As a result of email and electronic billing, the volume of first-class mail has declined significantly over the past two decades. However, parcel package deliveries handled by the postal service have increased markedly as more people order products over the Internet.

“The business has shifted to packages and the tracking of packages,” Ms. Maroney said.

The Canton native was the second Maroney to serve as Canton postmaster. Her father, R. Michael Maroney, spent 35 years with the postal service and worked as Canton postmaster from 1982 to 1987.

Her brother, Howard Maroney, retired in 2011 from his job as Norwood postmaster and her sister, Valli M. Ganditzki, is a rural carrier in Spencerport outside Rochester.

“My father encouraged anyone who would listen to take the Civil Service exam because he thought it was a great job,” Ms. Maroney recollected.

After graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in physical education, Ms. Maroney spent five years working for the state Department of Transportation.

In 1987, she became a rural carrier in Russell and was later promoted to administrative roles in Raymondville, Parishville and Star Lake.

After serving as postmaster in Star Lake, she was appointed acting supervisor in Massena. She later transferred to the Canton Post Office, where she served as supervisor of customer service and later as officer in charge. She was selected for the Canton postmaster job in May 2002.

During her tenure, the post office received a major renovation that focused on handicapped accessibility.

Unlike many postal workers, Ms. Maroney said she was never bit by a dog during her years on the job.

“Most get bit one time or another, but I never have,” she said.

Although she doesn’t have any retirement plans, Ms. Maroney said she’s looking forward to the next phase of her life.

“I don’t have any specific plans to do anything. I’m open to anything that might come along,” Ms. Maroney said.

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