Uprise Against Buffalo Post Office Closure

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM EDT


Cheektowaga,NY
(WKBW)

A crowd of nearly 600 people at JFK High School in Cheektowaga included hundreds of postal workers, union representatives and customers on one side and U.S. Post Office executives on the other Wednesday night for a public hearing.

Oddly enough, both sides are concerned about the same thing, how to make doing business with the post office profitable.

Workers handled 43 billion fewer pieces of mail nationwide than 6 years ago leading millions in losses.

So postal executives say they need to close 252 of their mail processing centers across the country including the one in Buffalo.

Many argue the closure would have a devastating impact on efforts to improve the local economy.

The postal service says closing the William Street Center will save them almost $29 million a year in mail processing employee savings, management savings, maintenance savings, and transportation savings.

Congressman Brian Higgins says driving mail from Buffalo to Rochester for processing and then back to Buffalo does not make sense.

Another big part of the plan is extending the delivery time of local first-class mail from one day to two to three day delivery time.

The post office is accepting public comments on the proposal until January 20th. You can send your comments to:

Manager Consumer and Industry Contact
Western NY District
1200 William St
Buffalo NY 14240-9661