Postal Service won't close Buffalo facility

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM EDT

By Business First

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Postal Service won't close Buffalo facility

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM EDT


The U.S. Postal Service will keep its mail processing center on William Street in Buffalo open for at least three more years.

Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement Thursday that he received the news this week Postmaster General Patrick Donohue.

The William Street facility had been on a list of postal service sites to be closed with the work to be shifted to Rochester. Some 700 jobs hung in the balance in Buffalo.

The Postal Service has been seeking ways to reduce its costs. On Thursday, officials reported a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion.

Previously, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, had openly questioned how much money the Postal Service would save by shifting work from Buffalo to Rochester.

On Feb. 23, the Postal Service announced it would eventually close the mail processing center in Buffalo, one of 223 processing facilities nationwide that were under evaluation for merger, closure and consolidation.

On May 9, the USPS announced a new strategy today that could keep the nation's smallest post offices in rural and outlying area open for business, while providing a framework to achieve significant cost savings.

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