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      Neighbors rally to keep local post office open

      A group of neighbors rallied Monday at the Village of North Syracuse post office in an effort to save the branch from possible closure.

      The small South Main Street post office is one of more than 400 targeted by the United States Postal Service for closure as cost cutting measures. The USPS points to low usage and other nearby offices as reasons for the potential closure.

      The single-employee branch has been located on South Main Street for the past 50 years, and has served the village in some capacity since 1887. There is another post office in North Syracuse on Taft Road, about a mile away, which protesters say is too far for many senior citizens to walk.

      I hope they keep the post office open here, mostly for the senior people in Malta House and the new senior complex that's gonna be built. There is an awful lot of people that walk and seniors can't walk down to the big post office and most of them can't drive said Wendy Lewis, who attented the protest Monday afternoon.

      So far, nearly 1,000 signatures have been gathered in opposition of closing the branch. Supporters say nearby residents and local businesses rely heavily on the post office for their daily mail needs. The petitions will presented to Congressman Dan Maffei, and objections have also been sent to the Postal Service.

      The USPS has targeted branches across the country for closure to save money, including the Elmwood office on South Avenue in Syracuse.