Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano and Bronx Officials Applaud USPS Move to Cancel Service Cuts in the Bronx

Sep 12, 2017
Press Release
Bronx Elected Officials, Community Residents, and Postal Employees Had Expressed Serious Concerns Over Proposed Staffing Cuts at Post Offices in the Bronx, Especially in Stations Where the USPS Inspector General Audit Found Serious Deficiencies

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano applauded the decision by the United States Postal Service, after pressure from elected officials that he led and the public, to cancel most planned service cuts to the Bronx.  The cuts would have reduced staffing at post offices across the borough, and would have degraded service quality at a number of locations. Late last year, a report by the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General found that several post offices in the Bronx had serious service issues, including: long wait times of up to an hour, inefficient package pick-up and retail operation, and understaffing. The USPS was supposed to address the problems immediately following the audit but to this date, little appears to have been done to this effect. Further service cuts would have exacerbated these problems.

“The cancellation of planned staffing cuts is a victory for The Bronx,” said Congressman Serrano.  “The Postal Service’s plans would have gutted services by removing more than 120 jobs from post offices across the borough, which would have made lines longer and increased frustration for many Bronxites who depend upon reliable post offices. I want to thank advocates, elected officials, postal employees and others for joining me in expressing dismay over these planned service cuts.  Thanks to this pressure, we have been able to do what many other areas of the City and nation have not- turn back these terrible plans.  The Post Office is experiencing revenue issues, but the way fix those problems is not by reducing the very services that loyal clients depend upon.”

“The members of the New York Metro Area Postal Union are proud to stand with Congressman Serrano and the Bronx community in the fight for the people of the Bronx to receive first class postal services,” said New York Metro Area Postal Union President Jonathan Smith.