Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:55

Congressman Tonko Presses Postmaster General on USPS Delays

AMSTERDAM — Paul Tonko, the Democrat Congressman who represents the 20th District, last week teamed up with more than 80 of his colleagues across party lines to express deep concerns to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about recent operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service. Those changes appear to be compromising service and causing significant delays in mail delivery, according to Tonko. The group’s letter to the Postmaster General was led by New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and New York Congressman Peter King.

“U.S. Postal Service employees have been essential throughout this pandemic in serving our communities and keeping Americans safe,” Congressman Tonko said, in a statement. Recently, reports have surfaced indicating that under the new Postmaster General, operations are being slashed to cut costs.

“Throwing a wrench into Postal Service operations in the middle of a public health crisis is not only creating problems for our economy, it is downright dangerous for countless seniors, families, businesses and others who depend on its vital services. Our Heroes Act, passed by the House a full 12 weeks ago, would invest millions to provide USPS with a lifeline to maintain its critical services and prevent unnecessary hardship and loss at this difficult time.”

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