Connecticut delegation ‘outraged’ at postal facility closings

Connecticut’s congressional delegation, including the four federal legislators who represent Shelton in Washington, are blasting a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) decision to close two facilities in southern Connecticut this year. They said the closure, to take place a year earlier than previously expected, will impact 1,200 jobs.

The state’s all-Democratic delegation also blamed the expedited closure of two mail-sorting operations on Republicans in Congress, and vowed to work to reverse the decision.

Stamford and Wallingford facilities

In a joint statement, the U.S. senators and congressmen expressed their strong disappointment in the decision by USPS to speed up closure of the Wallingford and Stamford postal processing facilities. The closures, which were originally scheduled for next year, will now take place this year.

“We are outraged at the Postal Service’s decision to close the Wallingford and Stamford processing facilities an entire year earlier than the original deadline,” the statement said. “Closing these facilities will impact nearly 1,200 jobs, reneging on a promise to the employees and communities that these facilities would remain open during this year to allow enough time to reform the Postal Service and assess if these closures are fiscally prudent.

“For years,” they continued, “our delegation has been calling for action on real reforms to get the Postal Service back on a sound fiscal footing, and now a failure to act by the House Republican leadership means jobs lost and livelihoods threatened.”

Will work to change the decision

In the statement, the legislators said they committed “both to reversing this decision, preventing further closures, and to ensuring that Connecticut residents do not experience delays in mail delivery.”

The statement said while the USPS must make changes to avoid fiscal problems, this will require a comprehensive plan.

“USPS is correct in one respect: it cannot sustain itself under the current system,” the legislators said. “But unilateral action is not the answer. Congress must pass a comprehensive plan that addresses the challenges facing the Postal Service and continue to provide affordable, accessible service to every address in the country.”

Who represents Shelton in Congress

Shelton is divided between two congressional districts — the Third District represented by Rosa DeLauro, and the Fourth District represented by Jim Himes.

It also is represented by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy. The state’s other congressmen are Joe Courtney, Elizabeth Esty and John Larson.