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Post Office sets holiday hours

The Old Forge Post Office will be open until noon on Christmas eve, Tuesday, December 24 and will be open for its regular hours of operation on Thursday, December 26th. It will be closed, Wednesday, January 1st.

The Post Office staff wishes all its patrons a happy holiday season.

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Moratorium: Woodgate P.O. to stay open till May 2012, at least

As a result of a national moratorium announced by the U.S. Postal Service in Washington on Tuesday, December 13, the Woodgate Post Office will remain open until at least May of 2012.

Due in part to multiple requests by United States senators and congressmen, the USPS has delayed the closing of post offices and mail processing facilities until Congress has time to process a number of bills that deal with the financial problems of the Postal Service.

In August of this year, the Woodgate Post Office had received a final determination of closure.

However, with the help of an appeal filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) by the Woodgate Citizens Committee, the Woodgate Post Office has been able to hang on a bit longer.

According to John Isley, President of the committee, the PRC has not yet rendered a decision on the Woodgate closing. Continue reading

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Woodgate Closure: Postal Regulatory Commission agrees to hear appeal

Process gives Post Office 120-day stay against closure, says Woodgate Citizens Community

The Postal Regulatory Commission has informed the United States Postal Service (USPS) that the USPS must provide its administrative record of closing proceedings to the commission before it can open formal appeal proceedings relating to the Woodgate Post Office.

The USPS was notified on Tuesday, September 13.

The notification was prompted by the commission’s receipt of a petition from the Woodgate Citizens Committee, which included signatures from community members and others opposed to the Postal Service’s planned closing of the Woodgate Post Office.

An appeal proceeding, conducted by the commission, under the direction of its secretary, Shoshanna M. Grove, will give the Woodgate Post Office a stay of closure against the USPS for 120 days.

During that time hearings will be conducted concerning the proposed closure. Continue reading

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Woodgate Post Office receives last closure notice; local citizens committee readies appeal to P.O. regulatory commission in D.C.

by John Isley Guest Contributor

As expected, the United States Postal Service is moving quickly to close 3,400 rural post offices, including Woodgate’s, before the Postal Regulatory Commission and Congress has time to react.

The Woodgate Post Office received its “final determination to close and extend service by rural route service” on Wednesday, August 24.

The announcement was not unexpected and the Woodgate Citizens Committee is in the process of filing an appeal of closure and a 120-day stay of closure with the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington. Continue reading

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Congressman Owens, Assemblywoman Tenney join rally, pledge support for continuation of Woodgate Post Office

Compiled from reports by Carol Hansen & John Isley

Congressman Bill Owens, supporter of keeping the 24 post offices in his 23rd Congressional district open, arrived in Woodgate on Wednesday, June 29 to meet with constiuents opposed to the closing of their postal facility.

Owens said that, to date, he has the support of 160 congressman for House Bill HR 1351-the USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation Reform Act of 2011, a bill that would recover $6.9 billion in overpayments to postal pensions.

Woodgate Citizens Committee Chairman John Isley informed Owens at the opening of the Town Hall Meeting that Woodgate is under a time line and requested support of an “immediate moratorium” on office closings until Congress can act.

Owens will introduce the moratorium and provide a list of congressman not yet committed to the House Bill so they can be lobbied by the Citizens Committee.

Owens was presented a copy of the petition containing 693 signatures of postal customers opposing the Woodgate closing.

Citizens Committee member Walt Paprock also provided Owens with letters signed by the 42 business owners and 10 non-profit community organizations within the Woodgate postal service area.

Paprock said the 42 businesses employ a total of 115 people. Each one is a “mom and pop” owner-operated enterprise with an average staff of 2.7 persons.

Paprock added that three summer youth camps employ over one hundred people and the Woodgate Post Office serves the needs of over 3,000 youth campers each year.

New York State Assembly-woman Claudia Tenney was also present and told the Citizens Committee that as an attorney, she would represent the group before the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington when Woodgate files an appeal to the closing.

Tenney is the former owner of the Oneida-Madison Pennysaver newspaper group and has testified before the Commission in the past.

Town of Forestport Supervisor William Hasenauer explained to Congressman Owens that the Woodgate Post Office has operated since 1878, survived two World Wars, and the Great Depression.

“The Woodgate Post Office has served its citizens by Pony Express, by train, and by car through rain, sleet, snow and the dark of night. With all that in mind, the government has been able to provide the necessary services here.

“The United States government has taken our people to serve the country, and we have paid into our country by way of taxes. Now, the United States Post Office wants to take our heritage away. We would appreciate that you keep our heritage here as long as you possibly can,” he said.

Hasenauer added that the Woodgate closing would leave a 25-mile vacuum between post offices.

Prior to Wednesday’s gathering the Postal Service informed the Woodgate Citizens Committee that they were not allowed on postal property, and the news media was not allowed within the postal facility.

Instead, Congressman Owens was greeted in front of the Woodgate Library by residents, including two on horseback in emulation of the Pony Express, before moving to the Woodgate Community Hall on Bear Creek Road for the Town Hall Meeting.

The Citizens Committee had received a letter Wednesday morning from Jane Wolfgang, Albany District Office Optimization Coordinator, verifying that she had received their petition containing 693 names, and that the petition had been added to the official record.

The letter to the Committee stated that “the Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive, but will continue to drive commerce, service communities and deliver value.”

During the meeting, Isley cited the 2013 and 2020 visions document of the Postal Service.

“While the Postal Service, at this time, wishes to close post offices and move to rural carriers, the vision documents call for stopping rural carrier service and operating services by the internet and cluster units within convenience stores,” he said.

Congressman Owens told the group he would try to obtain cost comparisons on the income of the Woodgate Post Office vs. rural carrier costs which brings in no income.

However, he noted that sometimes his office is stonewalled on information as much as the Citizens Committee has been in their requests to receive the actual financial data related to the Woodgate Post Office.

“We need to be able to show how important these facilities are in these communities and throughout my district. And I assure you we will do everything we can to assist you in that process,” Congressman Owens said.



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Woodgate Post Office to be eliminated as planned; U.S. Postal Service unmoved by community outcr

by John Isley Guest Contributor

The United States Postal Service has moved quickly to continue closure proceedings of the Woodgate, NY 13494 office.

The Woodgate Post Office received a review report today, Thursday, May 26, of the questionnaires that were mailed to customers on May 5.

The Postal Service reported that 127 questionnaires were distributed and 102 were returned.

Responses regarding the proposed alternate service were as follows:

Favorable – 4, Unfavorable – 59, No opinion – 39.

The Postal Service also held an informational meeting on May 12 which was attended by over 100 patrons.

Comments of that hearing are posted in the post office lobby. Continue reading

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