The Rotterdam Square post office has been spared from closure, while the Scotia branch remains on the list.
The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday released a new list of 413 facilities recommended for closure or consolidation. This is down from an earlier list that targeted as many as 700 facilities.
“We’re ecstatic and certainly the residents of the town will be as well,” said Aurelia Lazzari, economic development specialist for Rotterdam. “It’s a highly trafficked facility. I know a lot of the residents had called deeply concerned with the previous announcement.”
Town officials had opposed the move and contacted the office of U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and the Schenectady County Legislature had approved resolutions to oppose the closing of the Rotterdam and Scotia facilities.
Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg said he has also contacted Tonko’s office and the local postmaster. Kastberg wants to find out more information about the process and when the public will be able to give input.
The village is also circulating a petition. Kastberg said the village is a walking community and if the Mohawk Avenue branch were closed, residents would have to go to Schenectady or Glenville.
“There’s a significant number of older citizens and not so mobile citizens and that’s not an option for them,” he said.
Also, local businesses will lose the option of sending out bulk mailings at the Scotia facility.
No final decisions will be made until October, according to a press release from the Postal Service.
The Postal Regulatory Commission is trying to cut some $7 billion in costs this year as the volume of mail has decreased with the recession and more people using the Internet to transact business and correspond.
The Postal Service is projecting that there will be about 170 billion pieces of mail in 2009 — down 20 billion from 2008. Postal officials have already implemented a hiring freeze, redesigned postal routes, frozen salaries of officers and executives and adjusted branch hours.