May 10, 2013

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Postal workers protest planned closure of Stewart general mail facility

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Close to three dozen people, postal workers and supporters, protested the proposed closure of the Postal Service’s regional distribution center at the Stewart Airport Industrial Park.

The workers were joined by union leaders and Orange County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis.

Anagnostakis is concerned about the potential loss of jobs.

“I can tell you that there are about 400 jobs at stake”, Anagnostakis said.   “A lot of these families live in my district which is the Town of Newburgh and the Town of Montgomery. If these people lose their jobs, many of them will, that will have a ripple effect on the local communities.”

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have been very supportive of the workers, noted Christine Lawler, vice president of the Mid-Hudson American Postal Workers Union.

She said the closure will also affect the speed of mail delivery.

“It’s going to delay the mail for elderly people, anybody that gets their medication through the mail,” Lawler said. “It’s going to delay the bills, for any kind of correspondence.”

“We do all the mail for everyplace from Margaretville to the west, to the Massachusetts border, all the way down south as far as Patterson, and all the way down to Port Jervis. All that mail goes through our building,” said John Bouck, chief steward for the Mid-Hudson local, said. “We get it there over night pretty much. If they close this facility it is going to be three days.”

The best way to stop the closure is through contacting members of Congress, Lawler said.


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