Saturday, January 14, 2012

Owens answers questions at Oswego City Hall stop

Rep. Bill Owens made a stop at Oswego City Hall Tuesday to answer questions from residents of the 23rd Congressional District.

On the minds of residents were the fate of the U.S. Postal Service, hydrofracking, and the fate of Fort Drum with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

When asked about the postal service’s recommendations to close many locations, particularly in rural areas, Owens said the problem may not be resolved soon.

“We did get a moratorium on closures that should go on for a couple more months,” he said. “When you talk about closing post offices in a district like ours, you’re talking about real impact.”

He added that he has co-sponsored legislation to offer solutions.

Owens said an alternative to closure is to offer hubs in various public locations that may not offer full service but could provide some of the services.

“It might not be a full panorama of services,” he said.

Owens said he writes to the Postmaster General frequently in hopes of coming to a resolve. “We’re not getting a particularly warm response from the postal service,” he noted.

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