Congressman Brings Message to Top, Prepares To Take Legislative Steps
Late Monday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) met with United States Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to make the strongest case to keep the United States Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facility in Buffalo open.
"From the onset the Postmaster has indicated that the closing list was 'fairly set' and over the last several months we've become increasingly frustrated with the lack of justification and transparency in the USPS process," said Higgins. "But, we don't ever give up on Western New York. Buffalo deserves to be heard and we took our fight to the top."
Higgins believes a legislative strategy may be the best way to address USPS budgetary issues leading to the postal facility closings nationwide. Last week Higgins, along with his Western New York Colleagues Congresswoman Slaughter and Congresswoman Hochul, sent a letter to the Speaker of the House urging swift action on legislation to remove the pension prefunding requirement. Congressman Higgins is also working on other legislative means to protect the American public from unilateral action by the USPS that negatively impacts residential and business Postal Service customers. The Congressman plans to introduce legislation requiring Congressional approval for USPS changes to service delivery standards and facility closings.