A JC Post Office could be in trouble

By Caroline Goggin

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For more than 100 years, the Bible School Park Post Office has serviced the people of Johnson City.

However, its future is threatened, due to mandates from the U.S. Postal Service, as they hope to fix a loss of $25 billion in business in the past seven years.

They hope to do this by realigning hours at smaller offices, or even closing those locations.

"A couple of years ago, we were looking at closing offices totally. That was even worse," said manager of Post Office Operations in the Southern Tier David Clark. "So we're just trying to keep our doors open and stay in business and be a viable business."

Joanne Kelly, of Binghamton, has used this post office for the last 20 years and has hopes to continue to do so.

"I'm not going down to the main post office," said Kelly. "I can't do that easily. Not when I have to fool around putting on oxygen. I'm hoping that this will stay open and that enough people will come out here."

About 50 people came out to a public meeting held at the post office Thursday.

Each person came with a question, comment or concern.

Postal Service officials responded with a proposal to realign hours based on results of a survey they mailed.

124 of the 129 customers who received the survey completed it.

98 percent of those surveyed said they believe realigning is best, even though they believe change is unnecessary.

"I realize that the government has to do things based upon numbers and people that use the place," said Davis College President Dr. Dino Pedrone. "But, I do know it's busy here."

Meeting attendees told Action News they hope the post office will stay busy, as the identity of their community is threatened by the closing of its doors.