Bethpage Branch Opens in Sandy's Wake
The $5.6 billion Bethpage Federal Credit Union opened its newest branch in a community still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
The credit union, which is headquartered on Long Island, put the branch in the city of Long Beach, a Long Island community that had suffered greatly from flooding during Hurricane Sandy. The credit union also donated $120, 000 to the community to help with its ongoing recovery.
The new branch is located opposite the Long Island Rail Road station that serves Long Beach, and is roughly 3,900 square feet in size. It also has a full-time staff of six and part-time staff of two, the credit union said.
Long Beach is the birthplace of comedian and actor Billy Crystal, who helped the city by appearing in an “Open for Business” advertising campaign to draw visitors back for the summer season of 2013. Bethpage FCU was the first community partner to sign on as a campaign sponsor.
Along with opening the new branch, Bethpage announced it will donate $50 to the City of Long Beach Relief Fund and $50 to each member who opens a checking account with direct deposit at the new branch. The credit union issued an affinity debit card designed to honor the city.
“Bethpage is thrilled to officially become a member of the Long Beach community after working so closely with town officials over the past year and a half on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts,” said Bethpage President/CEO Kirk Kordeleski in a release. “A big priority for Bethpage, we are very eager to work hand in hand with area businesses and residents to offer our continued assistance, and make loans, products and services available with the best rates and lowest fees possible, to aid in continued growth.”
“We couldn’t be happier to officially welcome Bethpage to the City of Long Beach,” said Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel in a release. “Bethpage’s unwavering support of our unique seaside community greatly helped get our feet off the ground during a time of uncertainty, and then continued for many months following. They are a true community partner and I look forward to implementing many successful initiatives together.”
“We are committed to continuing to help Long Beach rebuild and restore the many programs and facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Long Beach is a wonderful, diverse community which we plan on being an active member of, for many years to come,” said Linda Armyn, senior vice president for corporate strategy at Bethpage.