U.S. Postal Service

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Is the old Postal Savings System the key to restoring the finances of the U.S. Postal Service and helping rural and urban poor? Two U.S. senators believe it is.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in for assaulting a federal officer with her spit.

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The fight over the U.S. Postal Service, its finances and slowing delivery moved to the center of Niagara Falls Tuesday. Workers, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) and Falls Mayor Robert Restaino protested Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's changes in operations.

Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his management of the U.S. Postal Service to the House on Monday amid concerns that his cost-cutting measures have jeopardized the agency's ability to serve Americans.

Mail service has slowed across the country, according to internal documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee, but DeJoy denies the slowdowns are part of any attempt to reduce voting by mail this year.

The House passed legislation on Saturday to infuse $25 billion into the Postal Service and block operational changes that Democrats fear could hobble mail-in voting in this November's election.

In a rare Saturday session, the House passed the measure by a vote of 257 to 150, with 26 Republicans siding with Democrats to approve the bill.

Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his leadership of the Postal Service on Friday and sought to reassure senators that his agency would be able to deliver the nation's election mail "securely and on time," calling it a "sacred duty."

"There has been no changes in any policies with regard to the election mail for the 2020 election," he said.

USPS Inspector General

The mass of debris behind Buffalo's Main Post Office on William Street is part of five mail-sorting machines removed since the June primary election. The president of the union representing workers he isn't sure an avalanche of mail ballots for the presidential election in November can be sorted without those machines.

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When is a post office not a post office? When it is space built by a private company to be leased to the U.S. Postal Service. That was the issue before Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday.

Forever Stamps have gotten a lot more expensive, relatively speaking.

The price of a first-class Forever Stamp went up by a nickel Sunday, from 50 cents to 55 cents. That 10 percent increase "is the biggest price increase by total cents in the history of the Postal Service," according to The Associated Press.

The Postal Service has been running a multibillion-dollar deficit for years, and the price increase is an attempt to contend with a United States that just doesn't send as many letters as it used to.

'Stamp Out Hunger' drive to benefit thousands in WNY

May 7, 2014

This Saturday, letter carriers across the country will take part in the 22nd annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive. More than 86 food pantries in western New York are expected to benefit from the donations.