Congressman Says USPS Data To Justify Closure Of Buffalo Facility Is Inadequate and Insulting

Congressman Higgins Requests Meeting with U.S. Postmaster General

January 12, 2012

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) wants answers from the United States Postal Service and he’s going to the top. Frustrated by the lack of data to justify closings and drastic job cuts in Western New York, the Congressman is asking the U.S. Postmaster General for a meeting to discuss the issue.

“I attended the public hearing and the arguments made by some of the hundreds of businesses and customers in the room were much more compelling than anything I have seen or heard from the Postal Service,” said Congressman Higgins. “It seems that we are facing a ‘decide first, justify later’ approach which is not only unfair for communities like Western New York but bad business for the future of the U.S. Postal Service. I look forward to the opportunity to share our community’s story with the Postmaster.”

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ letter:

January 12, 2012

Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington D.C. 20260-3500

Dear Postmaster Donahoe,

I write to request a meeting with you to discuss several pressing concerns. Having participated at the January 4 public meeting regarding the targeted closing of the William Street Processing and Distribution Center in Buffalo, NY, I must bring directly to your attention that the data and analysis submitted by the USPS is inadequate, insulting and far from a compelling justification for the closing of a major postal operation in the second largest city in New York State.

The USPS provided my office with one page that listed anticipated savings without any link to primary source data, criteria used or any justification for the findings. This is unacceptable. The families and businesses that will be irrevocably impacted from this action deserve better that. My office has been actively engaged in this issue, including the fight for the retail operation in Lackawanna, NY, and continues to observe a flawed process devoid of real analysis and a rationalization of the true economic impact on my community. The USPS must not operate under a decide first justify later mentality. Western New York deserves better.

I have communicated with your office on a number of these objections and have found the responses lacking in substance and analysis that make a strong business case justifying these closures. My community of Western New York would be severely impacted by the proposed closure of the Buffalo PD&C. The economic impact of this facility is far reaching and provides a much needed business and growth climate to attract more investment.

My hope is our conversation will lead to a better understanding of the importance of maintaining this postal facility. I look forward to your reply.


Brian Higgins
Member of Congress

January 10, 2012: As Follow-up to Public Hearing, Higgins Asks for Transcript, More Details from USPS

3 thoughts on “Congressman Says USPS Data To Justify Closure Of Buffalo Facility Is Inadequate and Insulting

  1. Hey Brian, wait until you get the same B.S. that we get on a daily basis. The U.S.P.S. has been using fraudulent business practices for years. Where have you been? They inflated the numbers to increase their regional budgets so they can steal more money through bonuses and now they delete run files on computers that tabulates the work only to show you how the mail volumes have dropped. Why don’t you send me the invitation to come to your office so I can show you the proof. This has been happening across the entire U.S. The numbers don’t match. Remember President Bush’s fuzzy math? Well the U.S.P.S. relies on George Bush’s fuzzy math and Ronald Reagan’s “I don’t recall.” It must be the Republicans during an election year thing! The U.S.P.S. paid themselves hefty bonuses for failure. That’s really thinking outside the box!

  2. Pretty pathetic when the general public makes more sense at a large meeting, rather than an organization that had weeks or months to make its presentation. Not surprising, though, if you’re used to dealing with the postal service. Thank you Brian Higgins, for stating the obvious, and saying what needed to be said.
    I really can’t argue with closing a post office that can’t generate at least $50 in sales a day (that wouldn’t even cover the daily operating expenses), but to close 200 precessing facilities and think it will improve things in the long run is wrong.
    Also, how are you going to tell clerks they have to move more than 50 miles from their current location, when the contract has a 50 mile limit?

  3. If you look at page 10 of their presentation (the one with the pie charts) it probably shows the plant’s current mail processing hours only being six when in actuality they are 3 times that. The whole speech is fraudulent like ours was in Clarksburg, WV. Where is the accountability ???

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