Recently, news leaked that the United States Postal Service (USPS) was considering moving the Bayside Post Office from 212-35 42nd Avenue to an USPS-owned annex at 41-29 216th Street.
The USPS has said that the move will help the cash-strapped agency save money by consolidating services, but residents say the move will inconvenience customers.
“Any plans to move the post office to a location that will not be able to provide the same expediency that residents have come to rely on, such as easy access, a centralized location, and parking availability, is shortsighted,” said State Senator Tony Avella, who joined his constituents last week.
Councilman Dan Halloran and Congressman Gary Ackerman have also come out against the proposal.
Ackerman said the move could mean a loss in customers, which would only exacerbate the financial hardships the USPS has been experiencing.
“Making it more difficult for consumers to purchase its products and utilize its services is certainly not the way to go,” said Ackerman.
Critics of the plans argue that the move will also hurt local businesses on Bell Boulevard, who rely on the post office.
At the very least, local elected officials are calling on the USPS to hold a public hearing before making a decision on any move.
“For the Post Office to consider such a drastic change without a public hearing is unacceptable to me and my constituents,” said Assemblyman Edward Braunstein.