Officials, post office workers petition to reinstate postal banking

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Local leaders gathered at the Hunts Point post office to advocate for postal banking.

The group was at the office as they attempted to drop off a petition to reinstate banking services. Up until the mid-1960s, if someone wanted to drop off a letter there, they could also go inside and drop off money to deposit too.

Since then, post offices have only offered limited financial services like money orders and U.S. Treasury check cashing.

One post office worker says a post office offers a more secure and trusted place to go for those services. The 42-year post office veteran helped collect 5,000 signatures for the petition.

A USPS representative said in part in a statement, "The Postal Service's mission is to provide the American public with trusted, affordable, universal mail service. Our core function is delivery, not banking."

Advocates say they will keep working for postal banking.

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