The U.S. Postal Service heard you.
The post office’s leaders reacted to a storm of complaints over its plans to close many rural post offices. Wednesday, it announced plans to keep those offices open.
Now, the bad news: Many other post offices will have their hours reduced to compensate for the changes.
The decision means that the one post office serving some Oswego County residents that was slated to close — in Westdale, near the Oneida County border between Williamstown and Camden — will stay open.
However, it would only be open two hours a day under the new plan.
More than a dozen Oswego County post offices would see reduced hours under the proposal.
“We’ve listened to our customers in rural America, and we’ve heard them loud and clear — they want to keep their post office open,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a briefing on the proposed changed. “We believe today’s announcement will serve our customers’ needs and allow us to achieve real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.”
The postal service is under financial pressure because fewer people and companies use mail, in favor of e-mail and other electronic means of communicating. Also, Congress required that the postal service fully fund its pension obligations for the next 75 years, creating a crushing need for money and an obligation that no other federal agency has to meet.
You can see the proposed changes in the table below. If your post office isn’t on the list, it’s not slated for changes.