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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2012

SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION IN MAJOR POSTAL REFORM BILL TO PRESERVE NY’S RURAL POST OFFICES & DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE



Schumer Introduces Amendment To Protect Door-To-Door Postal Delivery Service – Senate Bill Could Have Created Apartment-Style Group Boxes Further From Homes, But Schumer Pushing Legislation To Ensure Mail Comes To Individual Doors and Mailboxes

Schumer Also Backing Amendment That Would Keep All Existing Rural Post Offices Open For 2 Years – Would Save 53 Post Offices Currently On The Chopping Block

Schumer: We Can Save The Postal Service And Keep Rural Offices Open At The Same Time

 

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is introducing legislation to preserve door-to-door mail delivery service for the U.S. Postal Service, as well as his support for legislation that would put a two year moratorium on rural post office closings. Schumer is pushing for these provisions to be part of S. 1789, the 21stCentury Postal Service Act which is currently being debated by the Senate to reform the Postal Service and identify cost savings to keep the Service strong for years to come. Originally, the bill would have allowed the USPS to install new group boxes, like those in apartment complexes, for an entire neighborhood or street with residential homes. Rather than having mail delivered to their mailbox or door, homeowners could have been forced to travel further from their home simply to pick up the mail. Schumer’s amendment aims to preserve the same door delivery service customers currently receive. The second amendment Schumer supports, introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (MO) and Jeff Merkley (OR), would prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from closing rural post offices for two years. Over 50 rural offices in New York State were slated for closure under the original plan proposed by the Postmaster General.

 

“Hundreds of thousands of Upstate seniors and businesses rely on rural post offices and door-to-door delivery in every corner of the state,” said Schumer. “We need to make major reforms to the postal service to protect the vital service it provides, but saving the post office while shutting down key post offices and moving delivery further from people’s homes makes no sense at all. This legislation would put a two-year moratorium on closures, and ensure that the Post Office keeps delivering mail right to the  mailbox or doorstep. We need to save where we can, but cutting out incredibly important post offices defeats the point when it comes to saving the postal service. These are commonsense proposals that recognizes that the USPS needs reform, but balances that need with the importance of our rural post offices and convenient delivery.”

 

As originally written, the postal reform bill would have pushed the USPS to stop delivering mail to individual doors and mailboxes and instead install apartment complex-style group boxes, where all of the mail for a given street or neighborhood would be delivered to boxes that were grouped together in one place, further from individual homes. Citing the hardship this would place on senior citizens and others, Schumer introduced an amendment to the bill that would prohibit the USPS from installing these boxes and dramatically altering the way mail is delivered. For new developments where group mail centers make sense, the USPS would be allowed to install these boxes in the future. But Schumer’s amendment aims to preserve the door delivery service that residents have relied on for decades.

 

Schumer also today announced his support for a two year moratorium on rural post office closings. The New York post offices that were slated for closure, but would remain open for two years during which further study could be conducted, appear below:

 

Office

City

Zip

Alcove

Alcove

12210

Allentown

Allentown

12007

Bakers Mills

Bakers Mills

12811

Black Creek

Black Creek

14714

Brier Hill

Brief Hill

13614

Centerville

Centerville

14029

Charlotteville

Charlotteville

12036

Chichester

Chichester

12416

Coeymans Hollow

Coeymans Hollow

12046

Cranberry Lake

Cranberry Lake

12927

Dayton

Dayton

14041

Dickinson Center

Dickinson Center

12930

Ellenburg

Ellenburg

12933

Farmersville Station

Farmersville Station

14060

Fine

Fine

13639

Fishs Eddy

Fishs Eddy

13774

Fremont Center

Fremont Center

12736

Highland Lake

Highland Lake

12743

Hoffmeister

Hoffmeister

13353

Hunt

Hunt

14846

Java Village

Java Village

14083

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake

12750

Killawog

Killawog

13794

Lanesville

Lanesville

12450

Little Genesee

Little Genesee

14754

Malden Bridge

Malden Bridge

12115

Moriah Center

Moriah Center

12961

New Russia

New Russia

12964

Newton Falls

Newton Falls

13666

Niobe

Niobe

14758

North Blenheim

North Blenheim

12131

North Branch

North Branch

12766

North Hoosick

North Hoosick

12133

North Hudson

North Hudson

12855

North Pitcher

North Pitcher

13124

Norht River

North River

12856

Obernburg

Obernburg

12767

Piercefield

Piercefield

12973

Pond Eddy

Pond Eddy

12770

Portlandville

Portlandville

13834

Pyrites

Pyrites

13677

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake

12976

Rexville

Rexville

14877

Federal

Rochester

14614

South Bethlehem

South Bethlehem

12161

Spring Glen

Spring Glen

12483

Van Hornesville

Van Hornesville

13475

Wanakena

Wanakena

13695

West Eaton

West Eaton

13484

West Fulton

West Fulton

12194

Westdale

Westdale

13483

Wevertown

Wevertown

12886

Willet

Willet

13863

 

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