Monday, April 29, 2013

Save the Old Chelsea Post Office

Perhaps my obession with shopping online makes me slightly biased, but the notion of closing the Old Chelsea Post Office -- which is just down the street from where I have lived forever -- is very upsetting. As many of you know, the USPS's financial woes are part of a vast rightwing conspiracy (look it up), but I'm happy to hear that my former rep, Jerry Nadler, is not taking this lying down:

He writes:
For the last several weeks, I have worked with Chelsea community members and local elected officials to push the United States Postal Service (USPS) to reconsider its stated intention to close the Old Chelsea Post Office, at 217 W 18th St. Its proposal to sell the property came suddenly, without proper notice, and without sufficient community input. At our urging, USPS held a public meeting at the Fulton Center Auditorium on April 11th to present its plans and field questions from Chelsea residents.  
The precipitous announcement of the closing has understandably been a major cause for concern in the neighborhood. Chelsea residents depend on a convenient and well-equipped central post office for their day-to-day needs. After repeated requests from myself and local officials, USPS extended its period of public comment on its proposal, but only to April 26th, allowing community members just 15 days to comment following the April 11th presentation. If you would like to do so, you may submit comments in writing to: Joseph J. Mulvey, Vice President of Facilities Implementation, U.S. Postal Service, 2 Congress Street, Room 8, Milford, MA, 01757-9998.

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