Congressman seeks meeting with PMG on Buffalo plant closing

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) wants answers from the United States Postal Service and he’s going to the top. Frustrated by the lack of data to justify closings and drastic job cuts in Western New York, the Congressman is asking the U.S. Postmaster General for a meeting to discuss the issue.

“I attended the public hearing and the arguments made by some of the hundreds of businesses and customers in the room were much more compelling than anything I have seen or heard from the Postal Service,” said Congressman Higgins. “It seems that we are facing a ‘decide first, justify later’ approach which is not only unfair for communities like Western New York but bad business for the future of the U.S. Postal Service. I look forward to the opportunity to share our community’s story with the Postmaster.”

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ letter:

January 12, 2012

Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington D.C. 20260-3500

Dear Postmaster Donahoe,

I write to request a meeting with you to discuss several pressing concerns. Having participated at the January 4 public meeting regarding the targeted closing of the William Street Processing and Distribution Center in Buffalo, NY, I must bring directly to your attention that the data and analysis submitted by the USPS is inadequate, insulting and far from a compelling justification for the closing of a major postal operation in the second largest city in New York State.

The USPS provided my office with one page that listed anticipated savings without any link to primary source data, criteria used or any justification for the findings. This is unacceptable. The families and businesses that will be irrevocably impacted from this action deserve better that. My office has been actively engaged in this issue, including the fight for the retail operation in Lackawanna, NY, and continues to observe a flawed process devoid of real analysis and a rationalization of the true economic impact on my community. The USPS must not operate under a decide first justify later mentality. Western New York deserves better.

I have communicated with your office on a number of these objections and have found the responses lacking in substance and analysis that make a strong business case justifying these closures. My community of Western New York would be severely impacted by the proposed closure of the Buffalo PD&C. The economic impact of this facility is far reaching and provides a much needed business and growth climate to attract more investment.

My hope is our conversation will lead to a better understanding of the importance of maintaining this postal facility. I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Brian Higgins
Member of Congress

  • to mr.congressman

    the easy answer to this will also be in the hands of congress. Please do help stop the “pre-funding” which is killing usps.

  • to mr.congressman

    and also do refund the massive 70billion$ of excess payment, and channel that to the positive restructuring of usps and not massive “perks” to management.

  • cpttuna

    If I were a Congressman,I would not be asking for a meeting. The PMG would be told there will be a meeting and he had better have his ducks in order.(see how simple it is.)

  • msn

    Thanks to Congressmàn Brian Higgins for fighting for us. It seems
    there’s no stopping the Post Master from dismantling the Post Office
    and giving the postal customer poorer service.If the public only knew how this is going to affect the local economy,business and there mail service.

  • mail handler

    You guys are surprised? Look at the postal act of 2006 congress is to blamed for these closings! Give us back our pre funded retirement money 70 billion and we will be just fine.Pass HR1351

  • tony

    Senate and Congress caused this by their inaction. Fix it or suffer the consequences.