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Congressman Higgins Calls for Immediate Removal of Postmaster General

June 8, 2012
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WASHINGTON, DC—June 8, 2012—Congressman Brian Higgins sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr. asking the board to take immediate action to replace Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Higgins wrote, in part, “Under the Postmaster General’s leadership, the USPS displayed a complete lack of transparency and accountability throughout the process, which casts serious doubt that the current leadership is up to the task of leading the Postal Service through these challenging times.”
 
In his letter, Higgins cites a lack of confidence in USPS executives based on the process the Western New York community experienced over the past year as several local facilities, including the William Street Mail Processing Facility, were designated for closure. Higgins argues that the lack of public engagement, refusal to cooperate with requests for information or meetings, and lack of integrity show disrespect for the public and should not be tolerated moving forward.
 
Congressman Higgins has been an outspoken opponent of the USPS’ “decide now, justify later” process for closing postal facilities and has advocated for legislative reforms to keep the William Street Mail Processing Facility open and maintain current delivery service standards.
 
The William Street Mail Processing Facility had been slated for closure, but was given a three-year reprieve after a change in USPS policy on service standards. Higgins believes that a change in leadership must take place sooner, rather than later, to prevent this flawed process from repeating itself as the moratorium expires.
 
The text of the letter follows:
 
June 7, 2012
 
Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
United States Postal Service Board of Governors
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3436
Washington, DC 20260-3436
 
Dear Chairman Marshall,
 
Having exhausted all other options and with the future of the United States Postal Service (USPS) at risk, I write to ask the Board of Governors to proceed with immediate actions to replace Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
 
Over the past year the USPS initiated a restructuring proposal that would make major changes in many communities, including my own. Under the Postmaster General’s leadership, the USPS displayed a complete lack of transparency and accountability throughout the process, which casts serious doubt that the current leadership is up to the task of leading the Postal Service through these challenging times.
 
In Western New York, where multiple postal facilities were designated for closure and over 700 jobs are on the line, we experienced the following:
 
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