Community leaders in the Bronx, are calling on the federal government to add banking services to post offices in the borough.
Lawmakers and members of the mail carriers union say they've already tried to get this done on their own . But so far, they have not received any response to the petitions they've submitted on the proposal. The U.S. Postal Service currently offers money orders, electronic fund transfers and U.S. Treasury check cashing . But community leaders say post offices should do more, including cash paychecks . They argue , this would help about 52% of households in the Bronx currently underserved by banks.
"They'd be able to rely upon a service that they're used to and it would help eliminate many of them from being ripped off, "said Chuck Zlatkin, Director of Communications, NY Metro Area Postal Union, AFL-CIO.
A USPS spokesperson said the postal service's function is delivery, ot banking, but the proposal would be considered if offering those additional services could be done at a profit. There would also need to be a discussion on public policy and regulations.