Rally To Keep Post Offices Open

Submitted by ub on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 23:54

US Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) was joined by New York Metro Area Postal Union President Clarice Torrence, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, representatives from Assemblyman Michael Benedetto’s office and the National Association of Letter Carriers, community groups, and concerned citizens in a rally calling on the U.S. Postal Service to keep the Einstein and Dreiser Loop Post Offices open.

Citing financial concerns, the Postal Service announced the possible closure of over 3,000 facilities nationwide. The Einstein and Dreiser Loop Post Offices are two of six Bronx facilities being considered for closure. Rep. Crowley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1351, legislation that will free the Postal Service from pre-paying its pension obligations in an effort to alleviate the financial burden facing the Postal Service.

The Postal Service is expected to make a decision on the Einstein and Dreiser Loop Post Offices later this year. After the Postal Service determines which facilities will be closed, it must notify the community of its decision and the findings used to arrive at this decision. The Postal Service must then wait at least 60 days before proceeding with the closure, during which time any person served by the post office can appeal the decision to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).