HARTSDALE, N.Y. - Beginning in August, the U.S. Postal Service will no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays to save the service $2 billion annually, according to a Postal Service statement released Wednesday.
The revised schedule will limit mail delivery from Monday through Friday, but packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.
The announcement was made early to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust before the new schedule takes place Aug. 5, according to the statement .
Patrick R. Donahue, Postmaster General and CEO, said USPS customers increasingly rely on Saturday package deliveries. Limiting mail to five days a week, however, will lift a financial burden for the Postal Service, he added.
"The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail," Donahue said in the statement.
The Postal Services has already reduced roughly one-third of its workforce and consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations since 2006, according to USPS.
The change didn't seem to bother most people entering and leaving the Hartsdale Post Office on Wednesday. Some of them, like Edgemont resident Barbara Klestadt, said not much of her Saturday mail is worth reading, anyway.
"That's fine with me. I get the majority of my important mail on the week days," she said.
Gina Galati, who owns a business in Hartsdale, said the five-day mail schedule won't affect her business because she communicates mostly via email.
However, Galati still had some concerns.
"It doesn't affect me at all, but there might be older people who maybe aren't so connected with the Internet," Galati said.