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N. Queens: Whitestone postal plant will remain open

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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 10:15 am | Updated: 2:29 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

The United States Postal Service has reversed its decision to close its Whitestone Distribution and Processing facility, according to Rep Gary Ackerman, who made the announcement yesterday.

The agency had planned to shut down the center, citing a decline in mail volume and mounting debt. The move would have shifted  1,140 jobs out of Queens.

But after public outcry from postal customers, civic groups, the community board and postal unions, the agency decided against closing the facility at 140-02 20 Ave.

In addition to job loss, the shutdown would have resulted in Queens mail being transported 12 miles to be sorted at a plant in Brooklyn. The strategy was based on the idea of changing the one-day standard of delivery for first-class mail to two to three days.

“The plan to move the center’s responsibilities to the Brooklyn distribution location was a horrible idea that would have reduced the borough’s accessibility to a critical facility that hundreds of thousands of people rely upon,” Ackerman said. “I thank postal officials for finally coming to their senses, and for realizing how adversely impacted Queens would have been if this facility was closed.”

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