In case you haven't heard, the Postal Service isn't doing so well these days. There have been layoffs, post office closures, and a recently-announced plan to kill off next-day mail. And New Yorkers aren't going to take it anymore!
“You can’t put a package on the Internet,” Alex Coss, a protestor outside the Bronx General Post Office before a hearing on the possible closure of the University Heights post office, told the Daily News. Postal offices that are facing extinction around the city include locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing and Garden City, plus a handful more on Long Island. One 79-year-old woman said that she'll have to take two buses to get to the closest post office if the University Heights one closes, which means your birthday check will definitely be late this year.
Postal officials said they would not officially announce any closings before January, but Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is calling for a major overhaul of the postal service as we know it (in addition to the layoffs, closures and next-day service cuts, he also wants to cut weekend service). Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told the Times that cuts will just lead to a vicious cycle that will ultimately destroy the service: “Degrading standards not only hurts the public and the businesses we serve, it’s also counterproductive for the Postal Service because it will drive more people away from using the mail."