U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) today criticized the United States Postal Service for planning to close the current Bayside Post Office and relocate the facility to a remote and inconvenient location.
Under the plan, Postal officials want to move the centrally located Bayside branch, situated just off Bell Boulevard in back of the Long Island Rail Road station, to a remote Postal carrier annex at 41-29 216 street. The annex, several blocks from Bell Boulevard, is located in a much less convenient location, and on the edge of a residential neighborhood.
"If this is what they are considering, and we have received no official communication to so indicate as much, then this clearly would be a consolidation of facilities, and requires public notice, consultation and input," said Ackerman. "That has not happened. We must insist that proper procedure is followed."
"Moving the Bayside branch from its prime spot in the middle of the area's busy commercial strip to a remote and inconvenient location makes absolutely no sense," added Ackerman. "Not only would this plan adversely impact the local residents and businesses who use this facility, but it could likely cause a further erosion in Postal business since its customers may not trek to this out-of-the-way location. The Postal Service is in a financial death spiral, and we're all aware that the agency is under intense pressure to cut costs. But making it more difficult for consumers to purchase its products and utilize its services is certainly not the way to go. The Bayside facility has served the community well for many years and I urge the Postal Service to reconsider its decision."
Ackerman also expressed concerns about the potential increase in traffic and further lack of parking that those who live in near the proposed new site may be forced to endure.
The Postal Service says they are seeking to relocate the Bayside branch sometime in 2013. No jobs would be lost under the plan. The Postal Service presently leases both properties and claims that the move would save the agency money.
The Bayside Post Office is located at 212-35 42nd Avenue.