Postal Service looks to close CNY branches to save money

Three more local post offices could be closing down.

Today the U.S. Postal Service released a list of thousands of local post office branches that will be studied for possible closure. There are more than 3,600 on the list, but only three are in Central New York. Click here to read the full list.

The Colvin Elmwood branch and the branch at the Federal Building in Syracuse are both being studied. The branch inside the Federal Building at 100 S. Clinton Street lists its business hours as only 2:30pm - 4:30pm. The post office on Lower Cincinnatus Road in Willet, in Cortland County, is also on the list.

The Colvin Elmwood station is at 2200 S. Salina Street. That's less than two miles away from the Elmwood station on South Avenue that closed down in January . At the time, people using the Elmwood station were told to take their business to the Colvin station. CNY Central reached out to the local post office representative for comment, but our call has not been returned yet.

Customers we spoke to Tuesday were surprised to hear about the branch's imminent closure. "The staff over here are excellent. I've been to post offices all over the country, and these folks have down a tremendous job in servicing us, the taxpayer, and the clients. So I think its really unfair to even think about closing" said Liz Page. Page was also concerned that many neighbors on the South and West sides of Syracuse would no longer have easy access to a Post Office.

The U.S. Postal Service says more and more people are doing their postal business outside of the traditional post office, whether that means buying stamps at the grocery store, or doing business on a smartphone. More than 35% of the Postal Service's revenue comes from expanded locations like grocery stores, drug stores, and self-service kiosks. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says, "Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business."

However, when the post office on Main Street in North Syracuse, and the Elmwood post office in Syracuse closed in January, but communities fought the closures. Rallies were held and petitions were signed, trying to keep the small offices open.

The Postal Service is also introducing the Village Post Office as an alternative to the traditional post office. A Village Post Office would be operated by a local business and would offer postal products like stamps and flat-rate packaging. For example, the Hallmark Gold Crown Store in the Carousel Center already offers stamps, weighing and shipping packages, insurance, and delivery confirmation services. The actual post office in Carousel Center closed down in April after the U.S. Postal Service decided it was too expensive to operate in the mall.

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