After Fierce Snows, New York CUs Back in Business
New York credit unions were back to business-as-usual Wednesday, fully staffed after a numbing two-day blizzard shut down operations across a wide swath of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The $1.55 billion Municipal Credit Union in Manhattan said only three out of its 16 branches were closed during the height of the Dec. 26-27 storm, and that was because snowfall blocked roadways, preventing employees and members from getting to CU facilities.
"We directed staff from those closed branches to go to our other facilities," a spokesman said. About 40% of back office employees managed to get into the CU's headquarters and another 60% made it to the branches.
The CU would have had more employees in the branches but "public transportation stopped running," the spokesman added.
Valerie Garguilo, vice president-marketing at the $1.5 billion Nassau Educators FCU on Long Island, said the credit union opened at noon on Monday, but since then things have been normal.
"The streets are clear now though we know there are still problems in the city," she said.
A number of New Jersey credit unions closed branches or operated with skeletal staff during the snows and also reopened later on Monday and Tuesday, the New Jersey Credit Union League said.
The storm's path slammed coastal areas hardest, "but we had not one snowfall in Harrisburg," said a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.