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Philadelphia Town Social Security Office to Close down

September 07, 2012

Norristown, Pa. – A Social Security field office in Jenkintown will be closed down by the Social Security Administration (SSA) come September 28, reports said.

The proposed shutdown will leave Eastern Montgomery County residents without a local office. The federal agency also said that closing the office will result in $2.5 million in savings in over 10 years.

However, a local legislator is set to appeal the SSA’s decision.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz sent a letter to SSA Commissioner Michael J. Astrue last June, asking him to reconsider the decision. Although the Commissioner’s response wasn’t positive, Congresswoman Schwartz’s office is making an effort to work out a possible solution for the situation.

Craig Kwiecinski, Schwartz’s district director, said that the issue is related “to the services that the federal government provides to our constituents.”

According to the federal agency, a number of services don’t require a visit to the office, and that they can be handled either by phone or online.

Meanwhile, a dozen zip codes in eastern Montgomery County will be divided amongst offices in Norristown and in northeast Philadelphia and Germantown starting October 1.

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