POUGHKEEPSIE (March 3) - Field employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation who have direct contact with customers now have a unified and recognizable presence with uniforms in order to provide increased reassurance to customers.
“The uniforms are intended to increase the safety and visual recognition of our field employees who may perform work on our customers’ property,” said Charles Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services. Employees in uniform include those who read, install and test meters, and who prepare work designs for electric line and natural gas crews.
The uniforms, with navy blue and khaki color themes, have Central Hudson and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 320 logos on the left breast, and Central Hudson’s name across the back in reflective material.
“Our intention is for employees to be more easily identified by the public and when interacting with customers at their homes and businesses,” said Freni. “This helps to prevent any misunderstandings and increases the safety of both our customers and employees.”
Central Hudson employees and authorized contractors also drive marked vehicles and carry photo identification, which will always be displayed upon request.
Rondout Savings Bank promotes Sewell, Hart
KINGSTON (March 3) – Rondout Savings Bank recently announced of the promotion of Leslie Sewell to Ulster Branch Operations Supervisor and Heather Hart to West Hurley Branch Manager. Hart has filled the role formerly held by Sewell. The two collaborated during the transitional period.
“I worked with Heather for two weeks and was able to introduce her to our clients in West Hurley,” Sewell said. “The transition with customers went really well. Together we worked with branch employees and customers to further streamline the transition.”
Sewell said she is eager to start her new position as Operations Supervisor, adding that Hart is ideally suited to take over her former Branch Manager position.
Hart’s new duties will include taking on the responsibility for increasing deposits, referrals, and loan applications. Hart’s qualifications include past customer service and assistant branch manager roles. The new Operations Supervisor said the transitional period was productive, and she can now move forward with Hart leading the team at the West Hurley Branch.
“I will continue with Leslie’s exemplary customer service focus,” Hart said. “As the West Hurley Branch Manager, I will continue to train and develop the tellers to recognize sales opportunities. I am very impressed by the staff and their efforts, such as account openings and visiting potential businesses. I am looking forward to meeting more local business owners and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce – showing them how a small community bank differs from its competitors.”
Rondout Savings Bank, established in 1868, is a state-chartered, mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Kingston, New York.
GOSHEN (February 26) - The Hudson Valley law firm of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP welcomes the arrival of associate attorney Megan Conroy.
Conroy, a Hudson Valley native and a graduate of Albany Law School, is concentrating her practice on estate planning and elder law under the direction of BSR&B Partner Richard J. Shapiro and associate attorney Austin F. DuBois.
“Our Estate Planning and Elder Law practice has experienced considerable growth over the last several years,” Shapiro said. “Adding Megan to our team will help ensure that we maintain the resources necessary to provide careful and considerate guidance to our clients, which is always our top priority.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining a law firm that is so well-regarded in the community,” Conroy said. “I look forward to working with a top-notch team of attorneys and support staff in providing exceptional legal services to residents of the Hudson Valley.”
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber visitors kiosk open seven days a week
PEEKSKILL (February 9) - The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Tourist Information Kiosk, located at 1 South Division Street, Peekskill, is now open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12noon – 4pm. The chamber provides services and benefits to the Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan, Cortlandt, and Peekskill area.
“Our new electronic access system will allow visitors and tourists access to information on places to dine and shop, things to do, special events and attractions,” said Deb Milone, Executive Director. “The opening of the kiosk expands the chamber's hours of operation and enhances our ability to promote our community and all it has to offer.”
The chamber's kiosk is filled with information about restaurants, businesses, and upcoming events. In addition, printed tourist and information guides, as well as local newspapers are available, all free of charge.
“By being located in the center of Downtown, the chamber is often the first place people turn to for information and assistance,” Milone said. “As foot traffic continues to increase in the spring, it is important that we fulfill our role as the place to go to find information.”
KeyBank one of GOBankingRates’ “Best Banks of 2015”
ALBANY (February 9) - Leading personal finance website GOBankingRates has ranked KeyBank among the top 10 banks in the country in two categories in the website's "Best Banks of 2015". KeyBank is ranked in the top 10 for Best Bank and Best Checking Account.
GOBankingRates, which tracks and rates consumer financial services, each year evaluates accounts and services offered by the top 90 US banks, based on asset size, and 30 online banks.
"We're honored by the recognition. This reflects KeyBank's commitment to our clients, who count on us to provide the best banking solutions to help them make confident financial decisions," said Dennis Devine, co-president of KeyBank's Community Bank and head of KeyBank's Consumer and Business Banking segment.
KeyBank's Best Bank ranking is based on factors including financial strength – KeyBank has "Superior" financial strength rating from Bauer Financial - and specific products such as checking, savings and certificate of deposit accounts.
KeyBank also received top 10 ranking in the Best Checking Account category for its innovative KeyBank Hassle-Free Account®. KeyBank launched the new account in 2014 for banking clients who want simple and clear banking with no surprises. Clients make deposits, track money, obtain cash and make payments without worrying about potential overdraft fees or other unexpected fees.
"This innovative account and Key's focus on clients is why the bank is ranked in the top 10 for best checking account and best bank overall," said Casey Bond, GOBankingRates' managing editor.
Benninger Landscaping purchases former Verizon building in Newburgh
NEWBURGH (January 21) - Cornwall based Benninger Landscaping, Ltd. purchased a 10,724 sq. ft. commercial garage on 3.4 acres at 79-105 Pierces Road in the City of Newburgh from Real Estate Holding Company, Inc. of Fort Plain, NY for a price of $530,000. The property had been used by Verizon as a garage work center to support its telephone operations since the building was constructed in 1961 until it vacated in July 2013.
The purchaser intends to use the facility to support its growing residential and commercial landscaping business.
The transaction was brokered by Robert Scherreik and Brian Coleman of Cushman & Wakefield / Pyramid Brokerage Company’s Hudson Valley office in Newburgh, NY.
Walden Savings Bank’s staff and customers donate to Food Bank
MONTGOMERY (January 21) - Walden Savings Bank collected and donated 684 lbs. of non-perishables to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley as part of their “Fill the WSB Van” campaign.
Montgomery Montessori School, Walden Savings Bank install a Little Free Library
MONTGOMERY (December 10) – In efforts to promote literacy and the love of reading, Montgomery Montessori School and Walden Savings Bank are pleased to announce their stewardship of the second Little Free Library in the Village of Montgomery.
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