Bronx To Lose 17 Post Offices As Part Of 34 Planned Closures In NYC

USPS Claims It Lost $8 Billion Last Year; Protest Held On Grand Concourse

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of the Bronx may have further to go to get to their local post office next year.

The United States Postal Service is planning to close 17 post offices in the borough alone. That’s half of the planned 34 closures in New York City altogether.

State-wide, New York is poised to lose 112 post offices. New Jersey is set to lose 50; Connecticut will lose 15. Some 3,600 post offices are expected to be shuttered across the country.

Under the plan, the USPS will close the locations and replace the services with small kiosks at local businesses like grocery stores.

The local postal union held a protest march Wednesday, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler. In front of the already-closed Oak Point post office, protestors sent a message: no more closings.

“Keep the post office open! Keep the mail in the Bronx!” they chanted.

And while most of the demonstrators were postal workers afraid of losing their jobs, the closings have plenty of others concerned.

“The technology is not only displacing people now and jobs, but it’s even displacing our facilities,” said John Lougheed of Parkchester.

LINK: Full List Of Planned Post Office Closures

Given the recession, online bill pay and people going to the post office less frequently, the postal service says it just can’t keep up. Last year the postal service posted a net loss of more than $8 billion as nearly 80 percent of post offices don’t generate a profit. That loss is $3 million greater than the year before.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said it’s just going to have to find a way.

“The Bronx cannot afford such a considerable loss of both jobs and commercial activity, and the federal government must seriously reconsider enacting any post office closure plan that would have a serious negative impact on Bronx communities,” Diaz said.

Most of the people who are affected by the cutbacks are the ones least likely to be online — the elderly.

“Yes, yes, especially the elderly and the disabled. Yeah, so it’s definitely going to be harder,” said Jasmine Grey of Co-Op City.

“It’s going to be hectic because a lot of people depend on this place. Because they’re senior citizens, they live close, and this is the closest post office here,” added Eugene Cortez of the Cyprus section of the borough.

The USPS said it chose the thousands of locations nationwide based upon several factors.

“These locations themselves are not in convenient locations. They have limited parking or access and are not on major roads or cross streets,” said Dean Granholm, VP of Delivery and Post Office Operations.

Why do you think the USPS is struggling? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. kendra says:

    i really don,t like the fact that they are going to close down some of the post offices and just how do we get our packages delivered to us in time?and that is going to be bad for people who like to have some kind of human interaction instead of machines doing mans job and not to mention putting thousands possibly millions of people out of work which can be a hot bed for disaster for those people who are used to working for a paycheck to make ends meet now they,]ll probably have to go on welfare to profind for themselves and there loved 1S WHICH CAN BE PRETTY DEPRESSING AT TIMES LIKE THIS AND THATS RIGHT WE DO NEED TO PROTEST I WILL BE THE 1ST TO SIGN UP AGAINST THIS CAUSE ITS JUST WRONG.

  2. Unions are the Enemy says:

    These post offices have hardly any daily traffic in them .Workers upset because they might lose jobs or have to go to a post office and actually have to work “omg did we say work” just deal with it .You have to be blind if you do not see how bad economy is and post office is hardly used anymore except for junk mail.

  3. flea says:

    The Postal Dept. spends too much money on.. “This Window Closed”.. signs.

  4. Committed2Good says:

    Close ’em down! If you want to drop something in the mail, put it in your mailbox and the Post Person will pick it up or simply reinstate drop boxes in public/well-lit places. My two have two (2) post offices which is absurd. Ok, so I’ll have to make an extra effort. Our federal government is wasting $8 BILLION a year on a poorly run operation. Which do people want more…fire houses or post offices? Now that’s a no-brainer.

  5. Shane Devino says:

    OMG! I BET YOU WITHIN THE NEXT 24-48HRS… A BUNCH OF IDIOTS WILL PROTEST AND SAY THE CLOSURE IN THE BRONX IS DUE TO DISCRIMINATION! YEP! THAT’S RIGHT!!! I BET YOU IDIOTS WILL USE THE RACE CARD AS A REASON TO STOP USPS FROM CLOSING THEIR OFFICES.

    1. Lawn-Guy Land says:

      You’re discriminating against us just because we don’t use our Post Offices!!

  6. Richee Gordon says:

    The only mail I need from the post office?
    Why greeting cards.
    Ever thing else is on line
    Take the mail test Start On Monday end on Saturday.
    Make two piles important and unimportant.
    See what you have at weeks end.

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