Monday, December 5, 2011
Longer wait for mail
From Bayside Patch:
More than 100 postal employees, several dozen area residents and a few local politicians turned out Friday night to discuss the United States Postal Service’s consolidation plan.
The current proposal recommends closing down all Queens mail processing and distribution centers and calls for the elimination of first-class overnight local delivery service, replacing it with a standard two to three-day delivery policy.
Both ideas have been met with harsh criticism.
“You are basically signing a death warrant for the entire postal service,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside.
Adding to the overall fury of last night’s meeting was the manner with which the Postal Service has handled the evaluation process for the elimination of the College Point facility.
“The period of time that you have given us to discuss the issue is far too short,” said Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, as he addressed a panel of Postal Service Management employees.
Late last month, the postal service announced an aggressive consolidation plan that would close over 300 of its 500 nationwide processing centers.
On the proposed chopping block is a USPS facility located at 20th Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway in College Point.
“I’m all for making the government more efficient. But I think it’s extraordinary that we’re standing here today discussing the closure of a Queens-wide facility without giving the various elected officials the proper opportunity to be here to comment on this,” Halloran said.
However, the management team of the United States Postal Service said that consolidation of its mail processing operation would save the organization billions of dollars a year, estimating a total cost savings of over $30 million annually just by closing the Queens facility.