Updated 05/10/2012 10:23 AM
Post offices to stay open
They're more than just local landmarks. Some small town post offices sustain a way of life. Especially for those regulars who consider their neighborhood PO box a second home. Our Erin Vannella tells us news that's just been post marked from USPS DC headquarters.
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LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. -- Good news from the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday. Your local post office, like one Lansingburgh landmark, will stay open.
"The ‘burg is a tight community and we fight," said Lansingburgh District Councilman Kevin McGrath. "And I knew we would not go down without a fight."
After the threat of nationwide post office closures, McGrath went door to door and won 500 plus signatures to defend 2 116th Street's worth, support he believes helped make it one of hundreds nationwide that won't close and won't see reduced hours.
"We have a ton of seniors in our community and it would be difficult for them to get to their post office if it's put in Waterford," said McGrath. "So I'm ecstatic."
The plan saves the U.S. Postal Service a projected half billion annually. But changes, including altered retail window hours and letter carrier relocations, will take two years.
"The community spoke, the employees spoke and the postal service, I believe, has heard their message and I believe is responding favorably to meet the needs of the customers and the Lansingburgh residents," said New York Association of Letter Carriers Director of Legislation Bill Cook.
But Lansingburgh isn't the only happy zip code. Mailers tucked inside the Capitol are relieved by the news too, if purely out of convenience.
"It's convenient for everyone right here in this downtown area," said Albany resident Amy Nagy. "I know a lot of people are always here and I don't understand why it would close."
"Even though they have to go through security, it doesn't really matter because they'd have to go a long way to get anywhere other than the Capitol," said Albany resident Steven Friedman.
Later this month, the Postal Regulatory Commission will review the plan and community meetings will follow.
If you'd like to see whether your post office is slated for reduced hours, visit about.usps.com.