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Ackerman Calls for USPS To Not Shutter Queens Facility

Congressman said closure of processing and distributing center would cut more than 700 jobs.

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Bayside, is calling on the United States Postal Service to not shutter its College Point processing and distributing center in the wake of a .

The postal service has proposed moving some of its operations to its USPS processing center in Brooklyn. The move would cut 702 jobs in Queens, Ackerman said.

“While I understand the USPS must make difficult decisions to confront its current fiscal condition, I urge you to reconsider a decision that would negatively impact the entire Queens community,” the congressman wrote in a letter to Frank Calabrese, of USPS’s Triboro District.

A public meeting was held at Bayside High School on Dec. 2 to address the proposed closure of the College Point processing and distributing center that is located on 20th Avenue.

Under the proposal, first-class overnight local delivery service would be replaced with a two or three-day delivery policy.

At last week’s meeting, Calabrese said that USPS’s system has dropped from 98 billion pieces of mail to 78 billion pieces during the past five years.

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