TATAMY, Pa. -

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Wednesday wrote a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, urging him to not reduce the hours of the Tatamy Post Office.

Residents who rely on this post office have expressed concerns about plans to scale back and potentially close down operations in Tatamy.

The USPS decision to reduce hours comes at a time when economic and population growth is expected in the region, according to a news release from Casey. A new interchange along Route 33 is scheduled to open soon, aiding the accessibility of the borough, Casey said. Furthermore, the Chrin Commerce Centre is expanding, and local reports project 5,000 new jobs will be added because of this, according to Casey's release.

"I am aware that the USPS has to cut costs in the face of financial concerns, and that means difficult decisions need to be made," Casey said. "However, the Tatamy Post Office serves a region that is expected to see increased demand for postal services in the coming years due to projected economic growth. If the USPS reduces service it may hinder that growth and negatively impact the region at this crucial moment. I urge the Postmaster General to carefully examine these concerns before making a final decision."

In the letter, Casey asked the Postmaster General to address certain concerns of local residents, including an explanation of how reduced hours will save money in the long term.