Good News for the William Street Post Office

April 26, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 26, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - The senate approved a Postal Service reform bill that would allow the agency to begin financial recovery. It would refund $11 Billion to the Postal Service from over-payments to the employees pension fund.

Congressman Brian Higgins, (D) Buffalo, said the good news is the proposed bill would keep same-day delivery, which means the Buffalo Distribution Center on William Street would remain open and keep the 700 employees that work there on the job.

Senator Charles Schumer, (D) New York, agrees saying next-day delivery should not be eliminated from Buffalo.

"Buffalo is a big metropolitan area it's in the top-50 in the country and to not have a distribution center makes no sense," Schumer said. "For a letter mailed from let's say Cheektowaga to Lackawanna to have to be routed through Rochester makes no sense."

Higgins and Schumer both said while this is a short term fix it's far from perfect. He says their pension system needs to reformed and will be the next part of the battle.