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Hearing focuses on Saturday delivery

Buffalo will be the site of one of seven public hearings throughout the country to hear discussion of the proposal to end Saturday mail delivery.

The Buffalo hearing, sponsored by the Postal Regulatory Commission, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on June 28 in Common Council Chambers in City Hall.

National leaders of the Postal Service have suggested stopping Saturday mail deliveries as part of an effort to address billions of dollars that are being lost by the service each year.

The increased use of e-mail and Internet bill-paying has caused sharp cutbacks in the number of people using the nation's mail service.

But unions representing postal workers say the elimination of Saturday service would mean slower service for invoices and business correspondence, and would eliminate the ability to target advertising mail on an important shopping day.

"The nationwide elimination of Saturday mail delivery service is one of the most significant changes the Postal Service has ever presented to the Commission," officials of the regulatory commission said in a press release.

Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing should contact the commission at (202) 789-6800, or by logging onto the www.prc.gov Web site and clicking on the "contact PRC" tab.

Other hearings will be held in Las Vegas; Dallas; Chicago; Sacramento, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Rapid City, S.D. After the hearings, the regulatory commission will make a recommendation to Congress, which will ultimately decide whether Saturday service will continue.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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