Lawmakers rally for Scotia post office branch

As the United States Postal Service continues looking at the viability of post offices throughout the country, Schenectady County lawmakers are battling to keep a branch of the post office open in Scotia.

At the Tuesday, Aug. 11, meeting of the Schenectady County Legislature, lawmakers unanimously approved drafting a resolution asking the USPS to spare the Scotia branch.

Scotia is a very unique community, and it's a community that is very walk able and pedestrian-friendly and within the main street of Scotia, said Susan Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, D-Niskayuna. "Essentially services are provided for the people who live there."

Savage said that businesses and services provided along Mohawk Avenue include a branch of the Schenectady County Library, numerous restaurants, shops, and, of course, the post office.

"At a time when we are trying to find ways to conserve energy and to be more efficient, the Scotia post office plays an integral role in the life of the community," said Savage.

She said she hopes the resolution encourages USPS to take a look at the Scotia community and help them realize that "closing this post office would disadvantage the people who live there," said Savage.

The legislature plans to send a copy of the resolution to congressmen and senators to gather support.

"I hope that they'll look at each community and recognize there are far more advantages to keeping it open rather than closing it," said Savage.

Schenectady County Legislator Martin Finn, D-Niskayuna, said that he grew up in Scotia and thinks that having a post office in the village is important in the "close-knit community."

"This kind of thing is important to get involved in early," said Finn. "The concept was you have to get involved in it quickly before you let those people make those decisions."

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