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USPS: Albany processing facility to stay open until Feb. 23

Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.

Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.

ALBANY, Ga. — The United States Postal Service has pushed back the day the Albany's postal processing facility will close, officials confirmed Friday.

Originally, the postal service was set to close the South Slappey Boulevard facility today, but Stephen Seewoester, a spokesperson for the USPS, said that date has now been pushed back to Feb. 23.

The post office on South Slappey Boulevard will stay open, but the postal processing facility there will close and consolidate with a facility in Tallahassee, Fla.

The announcement Friday comes as Reuters reports that the postal service lost less money than in previous years in the last quarter of 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the October to December quarter, an official said on Friday, days after the beleaguered mail agency announced plans to cut back on Saturday delivery to save money.

The Postal Service lost $3.3 billion in the same period a year earlier.

This year, extra mail tied to the November elections and stronger revenue from holiday-related packages contributed to a better quarter, USPS Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett said during a meeting of the Postal Service Board of Governors.

The October to December period, which is the first quarter of the Postal Service's fiscal year, is typically the strongest because of the holidays.

The mail service has been grappling with tumbling mail volumes as Americans communicate more online and has struggled under the weight of massive required payments for future retiree health benefits.

The Postal Service defaulted twice last year on required payments to the federal government and lost almost $16 billion during the fiscal year.

Earlier this week, the mail agency announced plans to stop delivering first-class mail on Saturdays starting in the first week of August as part of a series of cost-cutting steps the agency is taking. The agency said cutting back to five-day mail delivery would save $2 billion a year.

The Postal Service will continue delivering packages on Saturdays and will keep post offices on their normal schedules.

— Reuters News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Cut bonus' and overtime on April 15th!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

If Sanford Bishop is so concerned then why is he allowing without a fight Columbus being sent to Montgomery and Albany to Tallahassee. Both are taking away tax monies to a surrounding state. Yet he is so concerned. My mother always said actions speak louder than words. Tallahassee has one of the slowest routers in all of the state of Fl. Expect our mail to dribble in. I have mailed packages to Calif and they arrive quicker than sending one to Tallahassee. 3 days to Tallahassee and 2 days to Calf by Priority Mail.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Lets face it the DCSS & both commisions have alot to do with this. Hopefully the libtards in DC will get a budget done because the base having to send their children to surrounding countys for a decent education will hurt this one stay open if they start reducing again. You think Albany is a dive now watch what happens if they close the base.

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darnette0101 1 year, 10 months ago

If they close the post office on Slappey and then succeed in closing the branch downtown...how many post offices will be left in Albany? They're closing down two Winn-Dixies, they've closed two libraries, downtown is going to heck in a handbasket and please don't get me started on the school system. What is left for Albany? And no...this is not due to any one race. This is a PEOPLE problem here. We need to get it together people.

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NotVinceDooley 1 year, 10 months ago

Not terribly certain what difference it makes. I've tried to send mail to people in Albany and have had it reported it has taken upwards of two weeks to arrive. Perhaps having Tally sort it, you'll get faster delivery.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

The post office on South Slappey is not going to close. The sorter is moving, but it will stay open for now. I do not see downtown closing either.

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PatrickY2K 1 year, 10 months ago

I can't remember the last time I mailed anything.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

My ISP is so lousy I can't stream movies so I rely on Netflix and do 5 at a time so am faithful to the USPS. I am like you georgiagranny, all bills are paid via the internet automatically with bank draft. How convenient that is, huh?

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