Future of William Street Post Office in Buffalo Still Unknown

9:44 AM, Feb 26, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- More than 700 employees at the postal processing facility on William Street in Buffalo are still wondering if the US Postal Service will consolidate it with a similar processing center in Rochester.

It's a move that could save the deeply indebted postal service millions of dollars.

Wednesday night, groups of employees were brought into a conference room for a mandated update on the situation. Union officials and the postal service would not release any information before all employees were updated, but employees who were in the meetings say they were told the facility is still on the chopping block, unless Congress decides to allow the postal service to maintain next-day delivery.

Local leaders have rallied to try to save both next-day delivery and the Williams Street processing center. City Councilmember Richard Fontana and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins say they will be going to Washington, D.C. next week; Higgins said he will be meeting with the post master general.

There is no word on when the facility would close, but it would not be before May. Congress and the USPS have agreed to a moratorium on closures until that time.

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