SCHUYLER FALLS - The future of the Schuyler Falls Post Office is in question.
The post office, located on State Route 22B in the hamlet of Morrisonville, is under review for potential closure according to a letter recently sent to residents.
Lois Seymour, former postmaster at the Schuyler Falls Post Office, said residents like herself received the letter a little more than a week before a public meeting that has been scheduled on the matter Wednesday, June 8.
"We got it on Saturday, on a holiday weekend, about a week before the meeting," said Seymour, who questioned the Postal Service's sincerity in seeking feedback from residents. "And, there's only going to be an hour for public comment."
Seymour - a life-long resident of Schuyler Falls who retired as postmaster in 2009 after serving the position 14 years - said the local post office is greatly used and would cause a major inconvenience if it was closed. The services rendered at the Schuyler Falls Post Office would be made available at the Peru Post Office, which even though only approximately five miles away, would be a hassle for some.
"I don't think that's the line of travel for most people," said Seymour. "Most of the people who use the [Schuyler Falls] post office are traveling to work in Plattsburgh or wherever else they're going, because they go by that office."
"It's a small office, but it's convenient," Seymour continued, adding the office typically has a five minute wait or less for service.
The people who would be most affected include those living in the hamlets of Peasleeville and Swastika, whose services would be rendered at the Peru Post Office if the closure happens. "The Postal Service has their own curt little answer for that - that all services are available through their carrier or through the computer," said Seymour. "That's fine if everybody had a computer or Internet, but the reality of life is not everybody has a computer or Internet access. "They might even only have dial-up," she added. "They would be on the computer all day and night trying to get services."
Seymour urges residents to attend the June 8 meeting, to be held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309, 710 State Route 22B. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. She also urges residents to write their elected officials, particularly at the state and federal levels, to implore the Postal Service to keep the Schuyler Falls Post Office open.
"It's a very important step," said Seymour.
For more information, about the June 8 meeting, contact Seymour at 643-8919.
(Editor's Note: Jim Lafountain, officer in charge at the Schuyler Falls Post Office, referred questions on the matter to Dan Cronin, a Postal Service operations manager in Glens Falls. Cronin could not be reached immediately for comment.)