FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2008
SCHUMER URGES FED ACTION TO SECURE NEW PAVILION POST OFFICE AFTER DEVASTATING FIRE DESTROYING OLD LOCATION FORCES LOCAL RESIDENTS TO TRAVEL MILES TO PICK UP MAIL
Over 200 Pavilion Residents Who Used Post Office Boxes to Receive Mail Get Limited Hours at Fire Hall or Must Travel Miles to Le Roy to Utilize Postal Services; Community Left Without Local Post Office
Over a Month After Fire, U.S. Postal Service Still Has Yet to Say If and When the Post Office Will Be Replaced
Schumer Pushes Postmaster in a Personal Letter to Get a New Pavilion Post Office Location Up and Running as Swiftly As Possible To Help Local Residents
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today pushed the U.S. Postal Service to quickly replace Pavilion’s Post Office in Western New York after a devastating fire destroyed its former location in November, displacing over 200 post office box holders and leaving the community without a Post Office. A month after the fire the Postal Service has yet to say if and when the Post Office will be replaced. Meanwhile, residents are forced to travel miles to utilize mail services, including picking up their mail.
In an effort to swiftly get local postal services up and running again, Schumer wrote a personal letter to U.S. Postmaster John E. Potter asking for immediate attention to the situation and to get a new location up and running with all due speed.
“The Pavilion Post Office has long served local residents who deserve top-quality postal service, a quick resolution to this problem, and a clear understanding of the process that will lead to a new post office location where they can easily pick-up and drop off their mail,” Schumer said. “It shouldn’t take over a month to figure out the next steps in replacing the post office and I am urging the U.S. Postal Service to immediately look into this situation. I will doggedly pursue this to make sure a new location is up and running so that Pavilion residents can have easy access to their mail as swiftly as possible.”
On November 3, 2008, a fire that started in an apartment over the Pavilion Post Office destroyed the building and is currently not able to be utilized. The over 200 residents who received their mail from the postal boxes in the post office were told to travel eight miles outside of town to Le Roy, or retrieve their mail at the Pavilion Fire Hall, where pick-up hours are between 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays only. The hours and travel time pose a problem for local residents, particularly seniors and those who have daytime jobs, because they are unable to reach the Le Roy location in time.
Schumer said today that local residents deserve to have an easily accessible post office location and pushed the U.S. Postal Service to quickly find a new leasing location for a new Pavilion post office.
In his letter to the Post Master, Schumer wrote: “I ask that you clearly and quickly communicate with residents and local officials about the next steps in getting a new post office for Pavilion; move swiftly in finding such a location; and in the meantime, consider expanding the limited hours that postal services are offered at the fire hall.”
See below for a full copy of the letter:
December 16, 2008
The Honorable John E. Potter
Postmaster General & Chief Executive Officer
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260-0004
Dear Postmaster Potter:
I am writing today to request that the United States Postal Service find a new location for the post office in Pavilion, New York as soon as possible. A fire on November 3rd of this year destroyed the South Lake Street building that housed the Pavilion post office, affecting more than 200 postal box customers and thousands of retail customers in Pavilion and nearby towns who depend on their local post office.
The limited service that has been established for part of the weekday at the Pavilion Fire Hall has helped to ease the inconvenience customers are facing. However, there are still many postal customers, especially seniors and those who work during the day, who cannot retrieve their mail during the limited hours at the fire hall or who don’t live on main rural delivery routes, and so have to travel miles away to the LeRoy Post Office for service. This has created a hardship for a good number of local residents.
The people of this area deserve top-quality postal service, a quick resolution to this problem, and a clear understanding of the process that will lead to a new post office location. I ask that you clearly and quickly communicate with residents and local officials about the next steps in getting a new post office for Pavilion; move swiftly in finding such a location; and in the meantime, consider expanding the limited hours that postal services are offered at the fire hall.
The people of this area have enjoyed good service from the Postal Service in the past and they look forward to enjoying similar service at a new location soon. I thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer