April 21, 2011
RE: Postal Regulations Could Jeopardize Local Services
On March 31, the U.S. Postal Service filed regulations (39 CFR Part 241) that, if implemented, could deny your constituents valued postal services and statutory due process rights. You might want to respectfully ask Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and your own Congressman to file comments with the Postal Service, concerning to these regulations.
We have been told by knowledgeable parties that the proposed regulations could enable the Postal Service to unilaterally consolidate an existing post office by administratively re-designating it as a "station or branch". This would seem to violate Title 39 of the United States Code, with regard to the statutory post office consolidation process. Further, it appears that, under the proposed regulations, the postal-served community could be denied the legal right to appellate review by the Postal Regulatory Commission, when the Postal Service elects to close the station or branch. The proposed regulations might also violate the law by redefining the position of "postmaster", which is presently set in statute.
For your further information, we have attached some background material that has been distributed by the National Association of Postmaster of the United States (NAPUS) and the National League of Postmasters (NLPM), relating to the Postal Service-filed regulations and the address where your comments can be sent. (The information can be accessed at http://www.njslom.org/documents/postal-regs-comments.pdf.) Please be aware that these groups have a vested interest in this matter. If you wish to object to the regulations, your comments must be received by the designated Postal Service official no later than May 2, 2011.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.