Congressman Maurice Hinchey today made a plea to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to reject a plan by the United States Postal Service that would result in the loss of 73 jobs at the Binghamton Processing and Distribution Facility.  Those jobs would be relocated to Syracuse under the Area Mail Processing (AMP) proposal which is an effort to save the struggling Postal Service billions of dollars.

Hinchey says he is strongly opposed to removing any jobs from the Binghamton area and says that the current consolidation plan being proposed by the Postal Service would adversely impact customers, postal workers, and the community as a whole.

Hinchey had previously voiced his decent of the plans to the Postmaster General back in late 2011 when the USPS announced plans to study possible consolidation of services.  Hinchey was one of nearly three dozen other House members that announced their opposition to the plan.

Hinchey also supports two pieces of legislation that will ease the financial burden of the USPS. Those bills would restructure the Postal Service pension system by using billions of dollars in over-payments to pre-fund healthcare benefits of future retirees and would also prevent the layoff of thousands of employees.