Decision delayed on post office closures, including 2 in Portland

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PORTLAND — The U.S. Postal Service announced last week that it is delaying the closure or consolidation of thousands of post offices until May 15, 2012.

The delay is a response to requests from several U.S. senators, USPS said in a press release.

In July, USPS announced it was considering closing 30 Maine post offices, including the one on Cliff Island and Station A, at 622 Congress St., because fewer people are using traditional mail services.

USPS said it will use the additional time to study the impact of potential closures. Each post office slated for closure will have a public comment period, so communities can offer feedback.

Last year, USPS lost $8 billion. Its goal is to save $200 million by closing 3,700 post offices nationwide.