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Stavisky: College Point Postal Center to Close Early

USPS will not take advantage of extended deadline to restructure facility, senator says.

With a letter from the USPS Triboro District Manager as her proof, state Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Forest Hills, is outraged

The USPS has not yet announced their decision to the public, but Stavisky is resolute.

The center, which employs more than 1,000 people, was slated to close last year before it received an extension until May 2012. Now, however, Stavisky is saying the USPS has decided to close the center without exhausting all options to save it.

“Rather than take advantage of the time that has been bought for USPS by Congress in a recent moratorium on post office closures, USPS has decided to finalize their plans to shut down this facility,” Stavisky said in a statement. ‘This is like governmental Jeopardy — the USPS has the answers before we’ve asked the questions."

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Now, she says, the decision to close the center will harm the community with months left on the clock to make accommodations.

“They have refused my and my community's requests for more information and more time to study the closure before executing it,” she added. “This will be devastating to our neighborhood, and many of my constituents' livelihoods will be in peril. We deserve better, but USPS seems to make bad decisions first, and ask questions later."

In the letter, which Stavisky disseminated this morning, Triboro District Manager Frank Calabrese says the decision to close the plant is “in the best interest of the Postal Service.”

The letter also says that some, but not all, of the plant’s employees will be reassigned to other locations, and that the decision will improve the USPS’ bottom line.

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