Menands residents upset over potential post office closure

It's about more than just mail. For some, it's about losing business.

When the United States Postal Service announced it would be looking into closing several post offices nationwide, residents who use post offices in the areas recommended for closure began coming together throughout the Capital District and in other parts of the country to defend their hometown post office and the address connected to all mail for their business for many years.

One of those business owners is Laura Harbour, a co-owner of Harbour Roads and Kal-Harbour, Inc., has been using a postal box at the post office on Broadway in Menands, in the 12204 postal district, for over 46 years. For 22 of those years, her businesses has been using the address on that postal box for all incoming communication that has to do with her business.

Every piece of marketing all goes to that post office box, Harbour said.

If the post office does close, Harbour said, her paving and excavating business would have to inform every client who knows the business through their P.O. box and inform them that their address is changing on top of changing all of their materials to reflect their new address.

"It would be an administrative nightmare," she said.

Harbour said that "For us to even consider a change of address is just ridiculous," and that to change the address would be bad for her business.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners attended a press conference where residents could talk to representatives from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's and Representative Paul Tonko's office about their concerns if the post office closes on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

"It's a one-person shop down there and the big problem that the community faces is for the people that need the services the most," Conners said on Friday, Nov. 6.

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