The Post Office lost nearly $16 billion last year and is looking for ways to stem the bleeding in the age of the internet and stiff private competition.
For small businesses, there is more at stake, said Gary Epstein, president of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce: "Not having Saturday delivery of mail would not affect my business at all and if it would save on additional postage increases, I am in favor," Epstein said.
Beth Mignone, president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, largely agreed: "I feel that the government is trying everything possible to cut back to save money," Mignone said. "It's a sign of the times, and honestly, does it matter if your mail comes Monday instead of Saturday?"
But Mignone expressed concerns for postal workers who may end up losing their jobs. So far, the Postal Service said its staff reductions will come in the form of retirements and attrition.