About Us

Our History

In 2003, local banking professionals and area businesses saw the need for a “new kind of bank”. One that would combine their knowledge and understanding of local communities with extensive financial expertise.

They pooled their resources to make their vision a reality, and in June of 2004, Empire State Bank began operations as a full-service, community-oriented bank, with the goal of providing customers with high quality personalized banking services, innovative financial products and competitive rates.

From the Beginning, Empire set to offer a full line of checking, deposit and loan products tailored to meet the specific needs of the customers and businesses they serve in the Hudson Valley Region, New York Metro Area, and beyond.

The bank has established a trend for steady growth since opening for business. Empire anticipates continuing this momentum into the future as it expands product offering, investment and online banking capabilities and launches an extensive community involvement initiative aimed at consumers and businesses throughout the regions it serves.

Mission Statement

Empire State Bank is a community-oriented bank that truly takes your business personally. We provide a full range of business deposit and lending products in addition to consumer deposit products that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific financial needs. Our banking professionals provide in-depth knowledge and experience with a personal touch all aimed at helping your business succeed and prosper. When small businesses succeed our communities succeed.

Board of Directors

  • Andrew G. Finkelstein, Esq. - Chairman
  • Walter Daszkowski, CPA - Vice Chairman
  • Penda Aiken
  • Gale L. Foster, Esq.
  • Philip A. Guarnieri
  • Michael M. Menicucci, Esq.
  • Michael O'Brien
  • Michael Ostrow
  • Thomas Sperzel
  • Tom Thiel
  • Thomas D. Weddell, CPA
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