(left to right) LouAnn Mannino, Neil Weingarten, Legislator Rose Marie Walker, Councilman Louis B. Imbroto, Carlos R. Sanchez, Leonard Stekol, Brian Bernstein, Valerie Kancler, Peter M. Boger, Legislator Arnold W. Drucker, Anthony J. Simeone, Rosemarie Mignogna, Paul C. Fitzpatrick, Geraldine Brennan, Renee Mittasc surround Leonard Stekol, CEO of Ridgewood Savings Bank, as he cuts the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the new Plainview branch on Jan. 23, 2018. Photo by Joe Nuzzo.

Ridgewood Savings Bank opened a new branch in Plainview on Tuesday, ushering in the financial institution’s ninth location on Long Island and its 35th in the New York Metro area.

Dozens of stakeholders and a handful of local dignitaries were on hand as the Queens-based bank celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“For nearly 100 years, Ridgewood’s products, services, charitable endeavors and work of our board, management and staff, continues to strengthen families, businesses and communities,” said Leonard Stekol, who was named CEO of the bank earlier this month.

The bank, named for the neighborhood in Queens where it’s headquartered, also has a presence in Westchester. Billed as the largest mutual savings bank in the state, Ridgewood was founded in 1921.

“Nothing is more enjoyable than walking into a bank and have someone at that bank know who you are, welcome you, greet you and be as appreciative that you’re making a deposit of $10 or $1,000,” said Nassau County Legis. Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview).

Bank officials touted Ridgewood’s commitment to partnering with local charitable organizations and being more of a community bank than a commercial bank. For example, they plan to set aside space in the branch to collect donations for local charity drives.

“We’re very excited to be here,” said Brian Bernstein, the new branch’s manager.

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