Possible Post Office closures in the Bronx

July 27, 2011 1:57:06 PM PDT
Armed with a unified message, postal workers marched through the South Bronx to fight the proposed post office closures, which include moving mail processing out of the Bronx and into Manhattan.

"It will delay the mail to the entire borough of the Bronx. That's not just the South Bronx. That's Riverdale, Pelham Bay and every community will have a delay in the mail," said Chuck Zlatkin, a postal worker said.

"It would mean senior citizens would have to travel too far to get their mail, to get their packages, and that's not fair," Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., said.

"I would die if this Post Office closed. The workers here are so polite and I always get through very quickly," said Janelle Alfred, a Morrisania resident.

It's not just postal workers and residents worried about Postal Service's plan.

Local business owners told Eyewitness News the economic impact would be huge.

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant sits across the street from the general post office in Mott Haven.

"If they're going to close this post office, it's not only them the workers but also the customers who come over to get a slice of pizza of to eat something, to get a drink. It's going to affect us definitely," said Chris Deseanu, of Giovanni's.

A postal service spokesperson meantime suggested the proposed plan to close post offices is not a done deal: "It is case by case consideration of how community-based access points can supplement local services in ways that help us extract some overhead operating expenses."

The response from workers: treat us like a service, not like a business.