Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, right, and ARA President Andy Gilpin speak with residents about saving the post office.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
continued Marion said the decision to close the Alplaus branch, “does not reflect on the revenues of the office, the performance of the local operators, or the foot traffic of visitors to the site.”
Boyle said she fears the 20 locations may all be contracted offices that don’t belong to the union, and the negotiation was to close those branches so more money could be given to ones in the union.
If the branch does close the nearest post office locations would be in Rexford and Glenville, which are both about 2 miles away. In the email, Marion noted that places like CVS and Price Chopper also sell stamps.
State Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, attended the meeting to show his support and urged residents to contact their federal representatives because they often negotiate terms with the post office. He also sent a letter to the Postmaster General and Congressman Paul Tonko on the hamlet’s behalf.
“It boggles my mind to think that (USPS) is going bankrupt, so it wants to designate a post office to close that gives them $40,000 of revenue a year. If I was going to close post offices I would close the ones that lose money,” said Tedisco.
Residents expressed a number of ideas from contacting the clerks union on the federal level, to buying up the remainder of the branch’s P.O. boxes so it would be hard for the Postal Service to find replacement boxes for residents.
Boyle said the main concern is that senior residents will no longer have a post office in walking distance and many will have to install a mailbox in the middle of winter or drive several miles away. She asked that residents attempt to get the closure postponed until the spring so seniors have more time to install a mailbox.