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Congressman Higgins Says Success in Fight to Save Post Office a Victory for Lackawanna Residents

Nov 18, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) called the move to save the Lackawanna Post Office from shut down a victory for local residents.  The Lackawanna site was on a U.S. Postal Service list of offices slated for closure released on August 3, 2009.  Congressman Higgins was a constant and vocal advocate in the fight to keep the Lackawanna office open.   

“Closing the only post office in the City of Lackawanna was a bad idea that unfairly affects residents in this urban area and is particularly burdensome on local senior citizens,” said Congressman Higgins. “We made it clear that this wasn’t going to happen without a fight.   We are pleased the Postal Service heard our argument and made the right decision in removing Lackawanna from the list and we will continue to advocate on behalf of Lackawanna residents to see that the lights stay on and the services remain in their post office for years to come.”

On the day the closing list was released, Congressman Higgins wrote to the United States Postmaster General noting, “…The City of Lackawanna has a very high concentration of senior criticizes who would be unacceptably adversely effected by this proposed closure.  According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Some 33% of Households in Lackawanna are home to at least one resident aged 65 or older.  This is substantially higher than the U.S. average of 23%.  These seniors, many of whom must walk for their errands, cannot reasonably be expected to walk to South Buffalo or Blasdell in order to access a post office, especially in adverse weather.  Again, I protest the inclusion of the Lackawanna Post Office on the list of facilities to be studied for closure and I strongly recommend that this facility remain open.” 

In a follow-up meeting between Congressman Higgins’ staff and Buffalo Post Office personnel, Higgins’ office again stressed opposition to the closure and pledged to fight any plan that would reduce services to Lackawanna residents.  After the meeting Congressman Higgins’ staff continued direct advocacy with the local Postal Service district on behalf of Lackawanna.  
 
In a continuing effort to make the case to keep Lackawanna off the list, Congressman Higgins’ office reached out to Buffalo Postal Service staff yesterday, Tuesday, November 17, a day before the final decision was made public.