Congressman Owens continues fight to save rural post offices

by Carol Thompson

Rep. Bill Owens has joined with approximately 100 colleagues to encourage the restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service without the closure of 3,600 or more rural post offices nationwide.

Oswego County’s rural setting leaves many residents to rely on their local post office to avoid the drive to the cities of Fulton or Oswego.

Postal officials announced a plan in February to proceed with closing or consolidating at least 223 processing centers in the coming years in hopes of saving billions of dollars.

USPS also plans to close thousands of post offices in the coming years in mostly rural communities.

The first phase of closures and consolidations is scheduled to begin after May 13 and will conclude by Aug. 31. Further consolidations would begin early next year.

A moratorium that will halt the closures until after May 15 is in place due to the upcoming elections.

The reason for the moratorium is the concern that absentee ballots could be delayed due to the closures.

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