Brooklyn’s Times Plaza Post Office in Boerum Hill is closing Jan. 13, relocating across the street

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BoCoCa NY Patch: The Times Plaza Post Office located at 542 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, NY, will close on Jan. 13, the USPS has confirmed. However, services will be split between two new neighborhood locations to open on Jan. 17.

The change was caused by “a request received from the building owner stating that they wish to reclaim the space leased by the USPS,” a postal announcement circulated Thursday by Community Board 2 read.

According to the announcement, “Mail delivery to the community will not be affected and will continue as usual.”

Going forward, the USPS will divide its neighborhood retail services from its delivery and carrier services.

Starting Jan. 17, retail services will operate out of 539 Atlantic Ave., while delivery and carrier services will operate out of 594 Dean St.  Read more.

[The Postal Service had been leasing 542 Atlantic Ave.; the lease ended on Dec. 28, 2016.  The new location at 539 Atlantic Ave., which is just across the street from the old post office, is part of a development project called Atlantic Gardens.]

(Photo credits: Times Plaza PO; Atlantic Gardens)

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Homeless use of Santa Rosa CA post office lobbies prompts nighttime closure

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Press Democrat: The lobby of Santa Rosa’s post office will no longer be open 24 hours a day for mail retrieval because of safety and security concerns, because the homeless have taken to sleeping there overnight.

People bedding down have created unsanitary conditions and trash, and packages have been stolen from postal boxes, according to postal officials.

Complaints from customers too frightened to get their mail, reports of aggressive panhandling in the lobby and homeless people refusing to vacate the premises prompted the change in hours at the main Santa Rosa office on Second Street, Coddingtown station, Montgomery Village and Roseland.

“While we sympathize with homeless people, we can’t have them use our lobbies as a hotel,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz, of the San Jose office.

Beginning Jan. 14, the new hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and closed entirely on Sundays and holidays.

For night owls, people who work odd hours, or those seeking to avoid a crowd, the 24-hour access to postal boxes is convenient, as is a self-service kiosk for buying stamps and taking care of shipping needs.

But the buildings also have become a de facto shelter of sorts for the homeless, especially as the weather began to turn cold and wet in November. Read more.

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Post Office wanted to ditch New Canaan CT until we ‘shamed’ them

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New Canaan Advertiser: If not for Congressman Jim Himes getting involved to “hammer and shame” the United States Postal Service, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III is convinced there would not now be a sparkling new Post Office in New Canaan.

Speaking at the New Canaan Men’s Club on Friday, Jan. 6, Mallozzi was citing positive developments in the town, and turned his attention to the new Post Office facility at 18-26 Locust Ave. He applauded the efforts of building owner Richard Carratu and builder Rick Sillo, both locals.

“Not only did we get a branch in New Canaan, but we got a beautiful building that a local developer built, using a local building company,” he said. “We have a venue now that ties in the brick work of our Fire Department and Town Hall. It was touch and go for awhile. We got it all done. We deserved a nice Post Office.”

The first selectman then explained that, in his opinion, and in no uncertain terms, the USPS had no intention of staying in town after leaving its longtime location at 2 Pine Street two-plus years ago.

“I will tell you, we were not going to get a Post Office,” he said. “There was no way. We were really slated to have nothing. The talk was ‘just drive down Camp Avenue, it’s not that far [to a Stamford Post Office].’  Read more.

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U.S. Postal Service Drops Service at Staples Amid Union Pressure

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Bloomberg: Following union-backed boycotts and an adverse labor board ruling, the United States Postal Service has agreed to curb a controversial arrangement allowing private employees to provide its services at Staples Inc. stores.

USPS spokeswoman Darlene Casey told Bloomberg that the Postal Service would end its relationship with Staples in order to comply with a National Labor Relations Board judge’s ruling.

The cancellation is a coup for the Postal Service’s largest union, which mounted a three-year, multipronged campaign against the arrangement, fighting Staples’ failed attempt to merge with Office Depot Inc., and leafleting outside stores urging customers to boycott the company, according to Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union.

“Had we not drawn the line in the sand and launched these protests,” Dimondstein said, all Staples stores “would have had full-blown post offices, not staffed by postal employees but rather Staples employees, and the Post Office also would have used that model to spread to other major retailers.”  Read more.

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Postal Service to halt retail sales at Staples stores after union complaints

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Washington Post: When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Staples birthed a retail partnership in 2013, USPS said “it’s time to celebrate.”

But now, that program has been sentenced to death and it is postal labor leaders who are rejoicing. They cheer the demise of a program that had been the target of a vigorous campaign by postal unions that don’t want the post office privatized.

USPS will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which led the fight.

The union cast the decision as “a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies.” The union waged a national “Stop Staples” campaign and said it is immediately ending its boycott of the company.

The move resulted from a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) order issued on Wednesday. The board adopted an administrative law judge’s ruling from November.  It “requires the Postal Service to discontinue its retail relationship with Staples,” said Darlene Casey, a Postal Service spokeswoman. “The Postal Service intends to comply with that order.” USPS could have appealed, but decided not to fight.  Read more.

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