COS COB - Cos Cob residents and businesses will not have to change their addresses after a proposal to alter the numbers on East Putnam Avenue was postponed.

The proposal, which would change the numbers from the 200 block to the 600 block, was designed to prevent confusion between East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich and Cos Cob. Local officials said there were instances in which first responders were delayed in reaching emergencies because of the duplicate addresses.

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says the address changes will be put off due to the cost associated with making the changes during a recession.

"I think they took a step back and looked at the whole picture and realized it would be very inconvenient and costly and we don't really need that at the moment," Randy Caravella, a Cos Cob business owner, says.

Tesei says first responders will be provided with lists of duplicate addresses along East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob and Greenwich.