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Menands residents upset over potential post office closure

Conners said this post office is convenient for Menands residents who walk to the post office or might not be able to drive to the next nearest post office in Kimberly Square.

While Conners said this post office technically is already in North Albany, other Albany post offices are located inconveniently from Menands businesses. More importantly, Conners said this post office is doing well so there is no reason to close it.

"You have a large number of businesses who are using that post office, so it's a station that's actually efficiently well run, it's making more money and it flies in the face of common sense to close it," Conners said.

Should the post office close, the plan would be to move the postal boxes to another location, Conners said. Conners also said that five post offices are being targeted as being considered for closure in the Albany area.

The employees at the post offices that are being considered for closure may not necessarily be laid off even though the purpose of the closures is to cut costs for the postal service. The costs being cut would be those associated with maintaining the post offices, leases and more.

But according to Conners, the cost of closing this post office will be great as well.

"The loss to the community and the importance of the service, it would be disastrous," he said. "If you close this post office you're going to have to transfer the employee and you still have all these fixed costs."

Harbour said she is now in the process of trying to obtain 3,000 signatures on a petition to present to representatives of the legislators in hopes that they can persuade the United States Postal Service not to close this post office.

Harbour also said she was informed that the decision would be made on whether the post office would be closing later this winter.

For more on this story check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Nov. 11, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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