(1) Albany's Academy Station Post Office will remain open - for now -
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 14 Senators from around the country today announced that, at their request, the U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to put in place a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, which would give Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. During the moratorium, scheduled to end on May 15, 2012, the Postal Service will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community input.“The U.S. Postal Service plays a vital role in every community,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Small businesses, families, and seniors depend on these facilities daily. While this is not a permanent solution, I am pleased that the Postmaster General is putting a six-month moratorium on the closures of postal facilities. In New York, more than 1000 jobs, 100 post offices and 7 Area Mail Processing centers will continue serving their communities while Congress works on reforming the postal service to ensure its survival.”(2)New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will prohibit insurers from requiring their policyholders to use mail order pharmacies for prescription medications. The legislation was sponsored by Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Senator George Maziarz.
Health advocates applauded the passage of the legislation: "Access to community pharmacies plays a significant role in the delivery of quality health care in working class and Latino neighborhoods. Independent pharmacies in Latino neighborhoods speak fluently to their Latino customers. The same holds true in Chinese, Russian and other ethnic communities throughout the City. This added value would be lost for persons forced to use mail order pharmacies," said Theo Oshiro, Director of Health Advocacy for Make the Road New York.These stories were overshadowed on Tuesday by the proposed nationwide ban on texting while driving.