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USPS Planning Changes to Babylon Office

The Babylon Post Office could be facing major changes as the United States Postal Service aims to cut costs.

The Babylon Post Office could be headed towards major changes as the United States Postal Service attempts to cut costs with debt mounting for the agency, according to a report by Newsday.

Agency spokesperson Connie Chirichello told Newsday the Postal Service is planning to transfer Babylon carriers to the West Babylon office. The Babylon office, located at 110 Cooper Street, currently has about 20 carriers employed, according to Walter Barton, president of the Long Island chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

"There is no discussion on moving the retail unit/post office boxes in the near future," Chircichello said in an email to Newsday.

The USPS' plans come only a few months after the national mail carrier announced loses of over $5 billion, much of it due to the rise and popularity of Internet-based messaging for bills, personal messages and other items.

Peter Furgiuele, president of the Long Island chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, told Newsday that postal officials has told him that the Babylon Post Office would eventually be closed and replaced with a smaller retail location. The union represents all of the USPS' postal workers, except the letter carriers.

Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino told Newsday he was upset he was not notified about the proposed changes.

"I don't understand that," he told Newsday and noted he will fight the move.

Newsday also announced similar changes could be in-store for another Long Island post office in Cedarhurst in Nassau County.

L.Parlow September 22, 2012 at 02:08 AM
What? Close the Babylon post office as it exists? My husbands a postal worker and is experiencing much change right now working on Long Island. SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE !
Kristin September 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
SAVE THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE!!! The staff there are SO efficient and respectful. Sadly, my experiences at the West Babylon post office - sent me and my parcels over to the village. As a frequent and enthusiastic user of our postal system, I'm sad to think of them struggling so.
Lori Ames September 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Stopped by the Babylon Post Office to ask a question about a problem with delivery at my business today and was informed that the carriers have already been transferred to West Babylon. Sigh.
Scott Moore (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Wow! Really? That was indeed quick. I'll follow up on this, Lori. Thanks for the tip.

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