The New York Metro Area Postal Union announced it is endorsing Pete Gleason in the First District City Council race. Gleason is one of four candidates trying to knock off two-term City Council member Alan Gerson in next month's Primary.
In a statement, Union President Clarice Torrence said, "We have endorsed Pete Gleason because we are working people, union people, who live and work in New York City . Pete has been one of us and understands our plight. He also understands the impact of post office closings on a community. We look to Pete Gleason to be a voice for all working people on the city council in this time of crisis.”
Gleason, now an attorney, served a New York City police officer and firefighter. In the statement, he said, "Post Offices are a focal point of our communities. The Pitt Street post office on the Lower East Side and the Battery Park City Retail Post Office on Rector Street are essential parts of our neighborhoods. We cannot afford to lose them.”
See our coverage of the fight to save the Pitt Station Post Office here and here.
Photo: Courtesy of Speaker Silver's office
This week State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stopped by to check up on a petition drive to save the Pitt Station Post Office on Clinton Street (between East Broadway and Grand). We reported on the possible closure of the retail post office last week. Zach Bommer, from Silver's office, tells us they've gathered about 1300 signatures so far. Silver and Rep. Carolyn Maloney will be sending a joint letter to the Post Master General, in support of taking the Pitt Station off the closure list.
Bommer says the Manhattan Borough Post Office is collecting usage data on the locations that are on the chopping block. That information will be sent by the end of September to Washington, where the decision untimately will be made. Bommer says anyone who wants a petition can call Silver's office at 212-312-1420 or they can send an email:
Silver@assembly.state.ny.us. They'll also have representatives outside the Pitt Station office tomorrow from 11-4.