Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) announced today that the U.S. Postal Service will institute a new strategy that will help keep the country's smallest Post Offices in business, while at the same time achieving cost savings that will return the organization to financial stability.
"I applaud the U.S. Postal Service has taken the necessary steps to keep existing small Post Offices open for business. My district features many small towns and I understand how important the Post Offices in these communities are to the people who live in them," said Rep. Buerkle.
"This new strategy benefits both the citizens who rely on small post offices and the postal service itself. It ensures that people will have access to the services they need and that the postal service will be able to continue to operate in a fashion that returns them to financial stability."
The proposed plan would keep existing Post Offices in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the town's ZIP Code and community identity would be retained.
The new strategy would be implemented over a two-year, multi-phased approach and would not be completed until September 2014. Once implementation is completed, the Postal Service estimates savings of a half billion dollars annually.
Last October, Congresswoman Buerkle introduced an amendment to a postal reform package in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which would have limited Post Office closures in rural areas. The amendment was passed and moved for full consideration by Congress.