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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2012

SCHUMER LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE AS PART OF MAJOR POSTAL REFORM BILL – BILL INCLUDES PROVISIONS TO PRESERVE NY’S RURAL POST OFFICES & DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE



Schumer Amendment To Protect Door-To-Door Postal Delivery Service to Individual Doors and Mailboxes Passes the Senate – Without Schumer’s Amendment, Senate Bill Could Have Created Apartment-Style Group Boxes Further From Homes

Second Schumer-Supported Amendment to Keep All Existing Rural Post Offices Open For 1 Year Also Clears Senate – Effort Saves 53 Post Offices That Had Been Set For Closure, Provides Key Window To Fight To Keep Them Open Long Term

Schumer: The Postal Service Will Keep Delivering to Your Door, And Rural Offices Will Keep Running For Years to Come

 

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a major postal reform bill has cleared the Senate, including his legislation to preserve door-to-door mail delivery service for the U.S. Postal Service, and Schumer-supported legislation placing a one year moratorium on rural post office closings. Schumer pushed for these provisions to be part of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act which aimed to reform the Postal Service and identify cost savings to keep the Service strong, and passed the Senate 62 to 37. 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 has passed and will preserve the same door delivery service customers currently receive. The second amendment Schumer supported, introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (MO) and Jeff Merkley (OR), prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from closing rural post offices for one year. Post offices could only be closed after the one year time period if they satisfy several criteria set forth by the USPS. The criteria are designed to keep offices open to protect seniors’ access to mail-order prescriptions, business owners’ access to timely postal services, and to protect post offices that are essential to the local community. Over 50 rural offices in New York State were slated for closure under the original plan proposed by the Postmaster General, but the passage of this amendment prevents those closures.

 

“The Senate passage of major postal reform today clears a major hurdle towards preserving postal service for hundreds of thousands of Upstate seniors and businesses in every corner of the state, that rely on rural post offices and door-to-door delivery,” said Schumer. “I am pleased that the Senate bill makes the important cost-saving reforms needed to preserve the Post Office’s vital services, while still preventing the closure of key rural post offices in Upstate New York and ending door-to-door delivery as we know it. These are smart provisions that recognize that the USPS needs reform, but balances that need with the importance of our rural post offices and convenient delivery. With this one year moratorium, we’ll have more time to fight to protect the rural post offices that thousands of Upstate New Yorkers rely on.”

 

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 supported the one year moratorium on rural post office closings, which passed the Senate today. The New York post offices that were slated for closure, but would remain open under the Senate bill for one year 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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