Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement following the announcement by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that the Queens Processing and Distribution Center will remain open:
"I am so glad the Queens Processing and Distribution Center will remain open and will continue to serve the Queens community. Closing this facility would have severely impacted businesses and residents in the community that rely on the center day in and day out. It also would have stripped away hundreds of jobs from Queens at a time when we need every job we can get. That's why I worked hard to help fight efforts to close this facility and express the concerns of the community to officials at USPS. Now, with the decision to keep this facility open, we can ensure the community will continue to have access to the essential services USPS provides and hundreds of jobs will remain in Queens."
Crowley is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1351, legislation that will free the Postal Service from pre-paying its pension obligations in an effort to alleviate the financial burden facing the Postal Service. Crowley has been a leader in efforts to save community post offices in the Bronx and Queens. He rallied against the closure of the Queens Processing and Distribution Center, met with representatives of the Flushing APWU, as well as called on Triboro District Postmaster to express his concerns about the potential closing.