U.S. Sen. Casey to Postmaster General: think carefully about closing Erie mail-sorting facility

By:  Kevin Flowers

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants the U.S. Postal Service to "carefully consider" a proposal to shutter the Erie region's only mail-processing facility on East 38th Street because it would eliminate 120 jobs and hurt Erie's economy.

"Consolidating this facility would have a significant impact that should be taken into consideration when making these decisions," Casey, D-Pa., said in a letter sent today to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahue.

The Erie General Mail Facility, 2108 E. 38th St., is one of 252 such facilities nationwide that the Postal Service might shut down.

If that happens, 35,000 Postal Service jobs would be cut nationwide and the Erie region's mail would most likely be sorted in Pittsburgh or Rochester, N.Y.

The proposal is part of a nationwide plan to slash costs at the Postal Service, which lost $8.5 billion in 2010 as the Internet and the economic downturn have weakened business.