Cuts to postal service means longer delivery times

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - We now live in the digital age where we can send mail through cyberspace with a click of a mouse in a matter of seconds. It is this high-tech correspondence that has put quite a dent in business for the U.S. Postal Service.

"I pay my phone bill and send my other payments online," says Luis Peguero, from Utica.

The U.S. Postal Service has experienced a 29% decline in first-class mail over the past 10 years, which has led to a significant decrease in profits.

In order to make up for this loss, the Postal Service is proposing shutting down 13 distribution centers across New York State, on top of the center at the Utica Post Office, which is already scheduled to close following an announcement a few months ago.

This means your mail could take longer than ever to reach its intended address.

"If you mail your bills on time but they don't get there on time, it's going to be a late fee charged to you," says Don Billins from Utica. "That would concern me."

You may want to send your bills out a few days earlier to prevent being slammed with that late charge. You might also want to send that birthday card to mom a little early too to prevent being slammed with an angry voice mail.

The holiday time is one of the busiest for the USPS. The proposed cuts wouldn't take place until the spring, so mail sent during this season will not be affected.

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