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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery


Post office branches like this one in Scotchtown
will remain open on Saturdays

MID-HUDSON – Effective in August, the US Postal Service is going to cease Saturday delivery of first-class mail. Priority, express mail and parcel delivery on Saturday will continue.

Officials said the agency is going broke with a deficit of $15.9 billion and the reduced service is expected to significantly close that gap.

How will it affect the business community?

Charlene Trotter, executive director of the Tri-States Chamber of Commerce in Port Jervis claims it will hurt the business person who relies on the mail.

“Every business that really needs to really send things as most of us do by postal mail including invoices and certainly the receiving of checks at the other end,” Trotter said.

Michael Smith, president of the New Paltz Area Chamber of Commerce, believes a study should be conducted before cuts of that magnitude are made.

“Small to large businesses are dependent upon the post office and we would like to see something that is more workable with all parties involved,” Smith said.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18) said Hudson Valley seniors, veterans and businesses rely on Saturday delivery.

“We shouldn’t abandon them just because Congress can’t get its act together and pass a commonsense postal reform bill,” Maloney said.

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY16) said the postal service is on “a path to oblivion … as they ride a business plan doomed for failure.”

Email in general and the paying of bills online have put a significant dent in mail delivery in recent years, resulting in this new decision to cut service.

 


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