Some mailboxes may be taken down or damaged because of snow removal processes. Sometimes, through no fault of the Town, private snow removal contractor or resident, the post has simply rotted and the weight of the snow hitting it knocks it down.

According to the NY State Attorney General’s Opinion No. 99-1, when a property owner places his or her mailbox in the Town’s right-of-way, the Town is not liable for damage to the mailbox if such damage is caused by non-negligent snow removal activities. Whether the Town is responsible for damage to a reasonably placed mailbox is a question of fact relating to the conduct of the snow removal activities.