The convenience of the local post office may be a thing of the past for some Schenectady County residents.
The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a study to see if two of its branches, the Scotia branch located at 224 Mohawk Ave. and the branch located at the Rotterdam Square Mall, can sustain themselves before services are consolidated and moved to the central Schenectady Branch and the Glenville branch.
This doesn't sit well with some postal patrons.
I didn't move to Scotia to have to go to Schenectady to have to get the mail, said Ken McIver.
He said he enjoys the convenience of the post office's location. "I live on Houston Street and I can walk down [to the Scotia branch]," said McIver. "In downtown Schenectady, it's adjacent to City Hall," he said. "It's a trek."
Maureen Marion, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Postal Service for Upstate New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, said the consolidation of the Scotia and Rotterdam branches is part Postal Service's efforts to consolidate operations nationwide.
"Nationwide, we're looking at the largest post offices " that includes regions in Albany and Schenectady - that have subordinate offices known as stations or branches," said Marion.
These branches include those in the Rotterdam Square Mall and Scotia. She described Schenectady's main post office as a "parent," and the Rotterdam and Scotia branches as its "children."
"When we look at that relationship and some of our largest offices, we're looking to see if we have options to consolidate services, but still provide exceptional service," said Marion.
She said that USPS is conducting studies and examining aspects such as proximity to other services, demographics, how much building leases cost, if they own the building if someone is looking to buy it, if there's vacant space in their buildings and more.