NY Congressman: closing post offices won’t help USPS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y. (17th CD), issued the following news release:

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement condemning the U.S. Postal Service for singling out post offices for closure, and considering slashing hundreds of thousands of jobs, while failing to identify root causes for their massive debt.

“I am fed up with the continued bumbling from the Postal Service who are pinning their financial woes on seniors and working families in New York, and around the nation, rather than looking at the real reasons why they have lost money. They argue locations targeted for closure have lost money, but for a department awash in billions of dollars in red ink, it is logical to assume there are few post offices actually making money nationwide. The people of the Bronx, Rockland and Westchester Counties rely on their neighborhood Post Offices and it will be a hardship for many residents who are not able to easily travel to other locations.

“I find it puzzling that their plan to correct their financial woes is to make access to post offices more difficult and inconvenient. They are charging more for services, but make them less accessible. And they wonder why they continually lose business. This is a business plan designed for failure. If they wish to essentially go out of business, they risk abandoning many of their most loyal and dependant customers.

“The Post Office needs to find ways to be more efficient, not be more secluded. It needs to waste less, not deliver less often. It needs to be more responsive to the people, not shutter their windows and move out of town. I want the Post Office to succeed, and for the American people to have ample access to facilities, but I need to see that the Post Office is serious about correcting their own flaws.”

  • Underdog

    The Great Privatizer PMG Donahoe must resign. Get a PMG who wants to grow the service, not dismantle it.

  • annie

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    Save our NATIONAL TREASURE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

    The USPS is a cost effective network of last mile delivery that reaches every corner of the nation.
    Today we hear very little about the postal service last mile capabilities.
    All the talks are how to dismantle the POSTAL SERVICE.
    As quoted”We’d better wake up soon because there’s more at stake than the post offices and postal services.”
    “if jobs can be disposed of so ruthlessly, if communities can be disposed of so cynically,
    if the USPS since the 1600’s helped build this country and stills binds us together can be disposed of so carelessly
    WE ARE ALL IN DEEP TROUBLE.”

    The USPS has been suffering since the introduction of the Postal Accountability & Enhancement Act in 2006 by former President Bush and Congress. The U.S. President today has to intervene to modify this act and help SAVE OUR NATIONAL TREASURE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

  • cpttuna

    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT.FIRST,THEY BRING YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL, THEN THEY BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE. (HINT) THERE ARE A LOT OF IDIOTS MANAGING WITHIN THE USPS. ENOUGH SAID, NOW DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  • Unforgiven

    Well Congressman Engel do something about it finally. Quit stealing and extorting money from the post office. Give the post office access to the $60-85 billion in overpayments, not to mention the extorted “retiree healthcare prepayments.” Once congress quits stealing and returns the money to the USPS, then you can start whining about service standards and post office closings, it is after all your(Congress’) fault.