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Saturday USPS Mail Delivery to End

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Sleepy Hollow postal delivery truck driver Ivan White wouldn't mind having his weekends off, but life will continue as usual for him despite the USPS' huge national news.

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

"I guess it's good and bad," White said, between making home and business package deliveries on a chilly Beekman Avenue this afternoon. "They're going to do the right thing." 

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

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Krista Madsen February 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Nicest post office guy ever, by the way! Anyone else get to know Ivan around town?
bonnie gonzalez February 07, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Ivan is the nicest person i ever met his very professional in his job and always do his deliveries with a big SMILE in his face i wish other mailman have the same personality and charisma that Ivan has. I use to go to the Tarrytown post office and i was treated so nice i do go sometimes,great job everyone
Krista Madsen February 07, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Nice to see someone just smiling on their job, I agree.
Steve February 07, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Why is the USPS the only federal agency required to "pre-fund" the health benefits of retirees, especially important when you balance that requirement against the fact that members of congress enjoy FREE health benefits for life, at OUR expense? End the postal pre-funding requirement placed on the Post Office, and end the lifetime of free health benefits for present and past members of congress. A lifetime of FREE medical benefits for a "do nothing congress"? Not even a highly productive congress deserves a lifetime of free medical benefits! The USPS is forced to compete on a playing field that is not level and is tilted to benefit commercial competitors like UPS and FEDEX who contribute to political campaigns.
Dorothy Palmer February 07, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I agree, Ivan is the nicest person that has ever delivered our mail. He is friendly, very polite and he always greets you with a smile.

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