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Local Skepticism Surrounds Saturday Mail Cuts

Many in Eastern Nassau including Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, say postal service should reconsider; others say keeping costs down is key.

The announcement by the U.S. Postal Service that it will eliminate Saturday mail delivery has met with a wide range of skepticism by Long Island political and business leaders Wednesday.

Many in Congress, including Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, were caught by surprise by the Post Office announcement. Congressman King made clear he's against their proposal:

“I have consistently supported Saturday delivery and will support legislation to keep Saturday delivery in place," King told Patch.

The plan, proposed to take effect in August, is opposed by many farmers, the letter carriers' union and others, the Huffington Post reported.

The Post Office lost nearly $16 billion last year and is looking for ways to stem the bleeding in the age of the internet and stiff private competition.

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For small businesses, there is more at stake, said Gary Epstein, president of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce: "Not having Saturday delivery of mail would not affect my business at all and if it would save on additional postage increases, I am in favor," Epstein said.

Beth Mignone, president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, largely agreed: "I feel that the government is trying everything possible to cut back to save money," Mignone said. "It's a sign of the times, and honestly, does it matter if your mail comes Monday instead of Saturday?"

But Mignone expressed concerns for postal workers who may end up losing their jobs. So far, the Postal Service said its staff reductions will come in the form of retirements and attrition.

Would you miss having Saturday mail delivery? Let us know in the comments.

Hilarity Jones February 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Get rid of Saturday delivery, it saves money. As per usual, Lorraine, you shoot, no ammo. You "SS checks will soon be EFT" ......has been for a decade, which you didn't know, but blamed your age as to not have been able to collect. I ask why do you not know when SS$ are distributed, when it is solely based on age? But of course you make a comment, and excuse yourself. Next "Vet disability checks will soon be EFT" ......already done But you must have known that, or not.. Another beauty ...."actual speed of delivery will be noticed".....please tell everyone how eliminating a day of delivery with the same volume will define your statement. Next....Oh, I just realized it is the Wendt/DeVita show. Thank GOD we will all be smarter after this exchange, Lord knows it must be true!!!
Lilly Hayden February 11, 2013 at 09:56 PM
But this will leave one less day to receive those beautiful mailings from Kate Murray, with that nice graphic art provided for by her new graphic artists. Personally i would miss Saturday mail delivery at Christmas time, especially as it would affect receiving cards.
Ozone Park Native February 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I got no mail on Monday either - called the Seaford P.O. and asked about that and was greeted with a very "Curt" female who stated quickly, "You're getting mail today, thank you for calling, have a nice day." Then she hung up on me. Disgusted with this Post Office. They gave everybody who was affected by the hurricane a rough time after 30 days, telling everyone if they wanted to continue having the post office keep their mail that we would have to get a PO Box (which cost alot of $$$$$). Total revamp of that place is in need. Personally, I'm glad no mail on Sat. Alot of companies aren't even open on Sat. for you to call and dispute/question something; you have to wait until Monday anyway.
Ozone Park Native February 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Also, my son had to call Washington to complain about that post office officially several times because he wasn't receiving his Netflix cd's when he was supposed to; then he would finally get them (a week later) and they were visibly opened and used. When he complained (and got a complaint #) it never happened again. Just a head's up, I know this sounds trivial to some, but not for nothing it's a fed. offense to open somebody elses mail.
Ozone Park Native February 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Well said

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