In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, David J. Brown, Executive Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, accused the US Postal Service of “blatantly ignoring” Congress and the President in going ahead with the sale of the historic Bronx NY Post Office:
The House Appropriations Committee included language in the federal appropriations bill that was signed into law by President Obama in January urging the United States Postal Service to place a moratorium on the sale of its properties. By moving ahead with the Bronx post office sale — and the sale of other historic post offices across the country — the Postal Service is blatantly ignoring this recommendation.
Though nonbinding, the appropriations bill clearly indicates Congress’s intention that the Postal Service call off all sales of post offices until the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Postal Service’s own Office of Inspector General can evaluate the Postal Service’s current process for transferring ownership of its buildings. Despite repeated requests from elected officials, preservation groups and local citizens, the Postal Service has not come forth with a clear and consistent process for selling properties that it no longer needs.