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Borough political leaders host rally outside of USPS facility in College Point on the verge of closure.

It's not easy getting politicians from across the aisles to agree on anything.

But it would seem that the United States Postal Service's plan to close its College Point mail processing facility in Queens has done just that.

Borough leaders from both political parties representing nearly every district in Queens rallied outside the USPS's mail processing facility in College Point on Friday and called for the post office to consider alternative cost saving measures.

"I think we all can agree in these tough economic times finding ways to make government operate more efficiently is a good thing. But closing its facility here in College Point is a terrible idea," said state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, D-Bayside.

Still, the postal service claims it must consolidate its vast network of mail distribution centers around the United States to adjust for an estimated 50 percent drop in demand for its overnight mail delivery service since 2001.

Although, many of the people who attended Friday's rally called into question this particular statistic.

"FedEx, UPS and their overnight delivery services are going through the roof, so for the USPS management team to suggest there's no demand for overnight delivery is ridiculous," said Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone.

Even so, the post office estimates it will save nearly $32 million per year by closing its College Point processing center.

However, the shuttering of this Queens processing center is also expected to cost Queens more than 1,000 jobs, which is drawing harsh criticism from Queens's political leadership.

"The simple fact is we need more jobs in Queens, not less. We need to find other alternatives that would not be catastrophic for Queens," said state Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Whitestone.

With a great deal of uncertainty still surrounding the fate of USPS's processing facility in College Point, Stavisky encouraged everyone to get involved.

"I currently have a petition up online at my website calling for the post office to save the College Point processing center," she said.

Those interested in viewing Stavisky's petition can find it here.

Arthur J caputo December 11, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Hopefully ,enough said by you. The reason this country is in fiscal trouble and the Postal Service is the republicans ,period. Don't give me you BS figures. The amendment to the budget under Bush was and is causing all this fiscal trouble for the Postal Service. It started under Bush. Don't give me last years deficits. Get to the cause. ,WHICH YOU ARE IGNORANT ABOUT.
Rich D December 11, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Dude did you misread my quote?...I AM AGREEING WITH YOU....what part didnt you understand...OK I will do it slower...the Postal Service lost 5.1 billion last year...BECAUSE of the Bush prefunding of 5.5 billion
Arthur J caputo December 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Sorry, but i thought you were surpressing the truth. Now you know what i was talking about. These republicans could;nt care less about the country or it's people . Trying to undermine the Postal Service in order to PRIVATIZE it and skim profits . Public office for private gain.I STILL want an answer fronm a republican on why they are against eliminating the taxpayer subsidies to the rich oil companies. They would have us close or cut schools, libraries and firehouses,not to mention hospitals . They are scum for want of a better word.
Ivan December 12, 2011 at 11:33 PM
It will delay all Queens mail. I need my mail to be on time NOT 3 days later. This gives new meaning to SNAIL MAIL. If they want to save money, get rid of all those top level managers and secretaries making over $200K a year + bonuses. They can start with PMG Donahue. Queens is the largest of the 5 boots. Queens mail should be processed in Queens. Why would you want to send Queens mail to Brooklyn when Brooklyn can't even process their own mail in a timely fashion.
Arthur J caputo December 13, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Ivan, read the first comment . That needs to be reversed and eliminated. Get rid of the republicans amendment and the Postal Service would be in the blue.Nothing more then a Trojan horse to PRIVATIZE the Postal Service.


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