Following the announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that it will delay the closure or consolidation of thousands of post offices and mail processing facilities across the country, including the Queens Processing Center and two post offices in Co-op City, until May 2012, Rep. Crowley issued the following statement:
“With the holidays just days away, this decision is welcome news for families in Queens and the Bronx. While this decision does not mean our postal facilities are in the clear, it does allow for more time to seek alternatives to help USPS meet its financial obligations. I understand the Postal Service has a bottom line, but balancing its books on the backs of Queens’ and Bronx families is not the answer. I will continue to fight to keep these facilities open, keep jobs in Queens and the Bronx, and keep the critical services residents need in our community.”
Rep. Crowley recently rallied against the closure of the Queens Processing Center, which would result in the loss of over 1,000 jobs. He has also led efforts to keep the Einstein Loop and Dreiser Loop Post Offices in Co-op City open. Rep. Crowley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1351, legislation that will free the Postal Service from prepaying its pension obligations in an effort to alleviate the financial burden facing the Postal Service.
Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.