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Closing Academy Station would leave a third of Albany residents without a post office in their neighborhood

Today, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko are urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to keep the doors of the Academy Post Office in Albany open until until an alternate location in the community is selected. The potential and sudden closure of the Academy Post Office would adversely affect the quality of life in Albany, especially for low-income residents, people with disabilities, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Albany residents have lost three post offices in the past twelve years and the closure of the Academy station location, which has been temporarily relocated to 363 Ontario St, Ste. 3, would leave one-third of Albany residents without a post office in their neighborhood. The permanent closure of this location would also leave Fort Orange Station and the Hudson Avenue Post Office as the only remaining neighborhood post offices serving the state capital. At a time when even more Americans, especially seniors, rely on the Postal Service for vital information, income, prescriptions and other goods to stay safe and healthy, it is more than ever essential to keep local post offices open and functional. In addition to demanding a permanent location and long-term lease for Academy Station, members are pushing the Postal Service to expand its public notification system to ensure communities are better informed of major location changes.

“The current plan of the Albany Academy Station Post Office should be returned to sender. Countless Albany residents, veterans, seniors, and business institutions depend on the central location of Albany. Academy Station and easily accessible for their postal needs and a sudden closure would be detrimental to the community,” said Senator Schumer. “Postmaster DeJoy and the USPS must address local concerns and should continue to operate the Academy Station office on an interim basis until a long-term solution for the post office, which maintains the quality of life for Albany residents, can be found.”

“The Postal Service’s decision to allow the Academy Station Post Office lease to expire without notice and without a commitment to interim service and determination of a permanent location deeply disturbs me and the entire community. of Albany”, said Senator Gillibrand. “I urge Postmaster General DeJoy and the USPS to continue to operate the Academy office on an interim basis until a new permanent office is fully established and a lease is signed. is critical to maintaining the quality of life for residents of our state’s capital.

“Over the past few years, I have heard directly from many of my constituents about ongoing problems with the mail, significant delays in receiving prescriptions and paychecks, late deliveries and lost packages, and now ambiguity regarding Academy Station’s future operations Our incredible letter carriers, postal workers, and local offices are doing all they can, but these issues stem from a lack of resources and a failure of leadership at the top of the U.S. Postal Service », noted Tonko, member of Congress. “I have fought to address these concerns by demanding answers and accountability from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and last week I voted to advance the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act to to finally put the USPS on the solid financial foundation it needs to carry out its mission Post Offices provide essential services to our communities and I will continue to work on solutions in Washington that ensure our Postal Service remains transparent , accessible and viable for all residents of the Capital Region.

For the full letter, please click here and see below:

Dear Postmaster DeJoy,

We write with urgent concern regarding the potential permanent closure of the Academy Station Post Office, currently located at 363 Ontario Street, Albany, New York. We recently learned that the Postal Service lease for the Academy Station Post Office is ending in February 2022 with no commitment to continuity of service. We ask the Postal Service to continue to operate Academy Station on an interim basis until a permanent location is chosen and to ensure that a long-term lease is signed so that Academy Station remains in the community. . We also ask the Postal Service to expand its public notification system to ensure community awareness of your plans.

Formerly located at 563 New Scotland Ave, the Academy Station Post Office has been relocated to Ontario Street following the demolition and planned redevelopment of the New Scotland Building. USPS did not sign to renew the lease at 563 New Scotland and moved to 363 Ontario as a temporary facility. The Postal Service has not committed to finding a long-term facility, nor has it provided public updates on finding a permanent location for Academy Station. The expiry of this lease is fast approaching.

In the past twelve years, the people of Albany have already lost three post offices and they cannot lose another without causing serious damage to the community. Closing Academy station would leave a third of the city’s residents without a post office in their neighborhood. A closure, or a gap in services, would negatively affect Albany residents, especially our veterans, seniors, small businesses, and low-income neighbors who rely heavily on the USPS. 363 Ontario Street is accessible by major bus routes, offers disabled parking and is a short distance from major commercial corridors. If 363 Ontario Street were to close, there would be only two permanent neighborhood post offices left in the city, with only one site open on Saturdays, leaving huge gaps in service. In order to safeguard the livelihoods of Albany residents, we again urge the USPS to continue to operate the Academy station office on an interim basis until a new permanent office is fully established and a lease be signed.

Our Albany residents need and deserve access to fair and convenient postal services and Academy Station is essential to meeting that need. We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to your prompt response.



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