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We just received the following press release from Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s office:

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Councilwoman-elect Margaret Chin, and Seward Park Co-op President Michael Tumminia today hailed the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it is no longer considering closing the Pitt Station Post Office, which is located at 185 Clinton Street on the Lower East Side.

This summer, the USPS revealed that it was studying the possibility of closing Pitt Station and moving the retail services offered there to four other post offices, the closest of which is the Knickerbocker Station, about a half-mile walk away.  At that time, the elected officials argued that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the many senior citizens who live near Pitt Station, most of whom do not own cars, to walk an additional half-mile to the next-closest station.  Further, the post office would likely lose revenue to parcel delivery services, banks that issue money orders, mail boxes stores and other competitors.  Speaker Silver and Congresswoman Maloney organized a petition drive that collected nearly 1400 signatures from residents supporting the post office.

“Keeping Pitt Station open is a great victory for this community,” Maloney said.  “Pitt Station is a vital resource for the many residents of this area, so much so that there are often lines out the door.  Closing this station would have been terrible for the neighborhood, but also for the Post Office, which would lose much-needed customers if it closed its operations at Pitt Station.  I thank Speaker Silver and the rest of our team of Lower East Side elected officials for their work to keep Pitt Station open, and I’m grateful to the Postal Service for hearing our concerns and retaining this vital part of the neighborhood.”

“The booming voices of the Lower East Side said keep Pitt Station open and the United States Postal Service listened,” said Speaker Silver.  “I am extremely pleased that this post office will remain open, as it is an essential stop in the daily lives of seniors and the working class people who rely on its close proximity and money order services. This development would not be possible without Congresswoman Maloney’s leadership, Senator Squadron’s advocacy, and the determination of concerned residents who demanded that this station remain open.”

“For many New Yorkers, especially our seniors, post offices are their connection to world at large,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.  “Even during these tough economic times, we owe it to our communities to find a way to keep these offices open, and I applaud the USPS for taking this action today.”

State Senator Daniel Squadron said, “Saving the Pitt Street Station post office delivers a great victory for the community. Today the USPS is showing commendable responsiveness to elected officials and community leaders, in continuing to serve our neighborhood’s particular needs. I want to commend my colleagues in government and recognize the leadership of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and passionately dedicated members of the Lower East Side community for this incredible and successful effort.”

“The people of the Lower East Side have spoken and the postal service has heard us,” said Councilwoman Mendez.  “A post office is a community resource, especially for senior citizens who, more so than other groups, depend on receiving letters, documents and bills solely through the dependable US mail.  Saving the Pitt station is a victory for them and for all of us.”

“I am very pleased to hear that the USPS has decided to keep the Pitt Street Post Office open,” said Councilwoman-elect Chin.  “I am glad that they listened to the community, to the people of this neighborhood who came together and organized, and worked together with their elected officials to send the message that this Post Office was essential. I want to applaud the work of Congresswoman Maloney, Speaker Silver, as well as Senator Squadron, Councilmember Gerson and others in saving this service. And I am very happy that the wonderful folks of this community will have a place to from which send holiday gifts in the coming season.”

“Seward Park Coop and the entire Coop Village are very pleased that the Pitt Station post office will remain open,” said Michael Tumminia, President of the Seward Park Cooperatives.  “Our post office, which serves over 10,000 plus residents, is a part of the fabric of our community.  We would like to thank our elected officials, including Assemblyman Sheldon Silver and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, for leading the effort to save Pitt Station. Our voices were heard loud and clear in Washington as a result of the efforts made on our behalf by Assemblyman Silver and Congresswoman Maloney.”

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