8/11/2011- In a letter to the United States Postmaster General, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is fighting for the Lackawanna Post office to be removed from the U.S. Post Office’s list of potential closings.
“The Lackawanna Post Office serves a unique population highly dependent on the facility’s close proximity to surrounding neighborhoods,” said Congressman Higgins. “There are a number of characteristics that justify the need for a Post Office directly in the City and we plan to fight for its continued existence based on those facts.”
Back in August of 2009 the Lackawanna Post office was first included on a list of offices slated for closure. Congressman Higgins wrote letters and held meetings protesting the closing and in November of 2009 the Lackawanna Post Office was officially removed from the list.
On July 26, 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it will study customer needs at approximately 3,700 of their retail post office sites to determine the future of the sites under review. The Lackawanna Post Office is again one of the facilities slated for review and possible closure.
In his letter to the USPS, Congressman Higgins cited several justifications for existence of the Post Office facility in Lackawanna including data related to the large senior, disabled and veteran population as well as the nearly 24% of households without access to a vehicle.
Congressman Higgins stressed the fight to keep the facility open will require community involvement, “The Post Office will hold a community meeting and send surveys offering residents the opportunity to weigh-in. We have demonstrated in the past that when Western New Yorkers stand up and fight we can make things happen. The clock is ticking, if you want the Post Office to remain open, we need you to weigh-in.”