Money-saving measures might cost Brooklynites their neighborhood post offices.
The United States Postal Service is considering closing postal stations and branches around the borough in hopes of trimming a debt that is already in the billions — potentially leaving the borough’s snail mail enthusiasts further from their nearest post offices.
“The postal service is reviewing more than 3,000 stations and branches nationwide,” said postal spokeswoman Darleen Reid. “With the state of the business now, everything is on the table.”
Not only is the Postal Service in trouble financially, but the very nature of its business has changed due to the newfangled invention called the e-mail, which has revolutionized communication in the way that the telegraph obviated the Pony Express.
The agency insists it hasn’t made any final decisions about which stations and branches it will close, but insiders from the American Postal Workers Union claim that three stations and 18 “retail” stations — which are just like regular post offices except that they don’t house mail carriers — are under particular scrutiny for closure in Brooklyn.
“The Postal Service is trying to get out of the retail business altogether,” said Jim Musumeci, president of the American Postal Workers Union’s Brooklyn local. “There are only three or four clerks and assigned to each retail station. There are no letter carriers working out of these stations. They are strictly selling stamps, postal money order, so they think it would be easier to close them.”
None of the changes would go into affect until the fall — and not without substantial public warning, postal officials said.
Here’s how the postal cuts could end up slicing the borough:
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