Buffalo Mail Operations to Move to Rochester

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) The United States Postal Service announced that it plans to consolidate its Buffalo and Rochester mail processing operations.

It is part of the Postal Service plan to cut cost.

Since 2006, there has been a 25% decline in First-Class mail volume.

700 people are employed at the Buffalo Processing and Distribution Center, which is located on William Street in Buffalo.

It is expected that the consolidation will result in the net loss of 200 positions. The Postal Service has agreed to not make any changes until after May 15th.

Key to the consolidation will be a change in the 'Service Standards.'

Currently, First-Class mail from Buffalo to Buffalo, is delivered overnight.

The Post Office is considering changing that standard to a two-day delivery time frame - allowing more time for Buffalo mail to be shipped back and forth from Rochester.

While no decision has been made on the change, Congress is looking at proposed legislation which would prevent the Postal Service from altering its delivery schedule.