Metropolitan Commercial Bank celebrated the opening of its first Long Island banking center in Great Neck Plaza on Dec. 9. To commemorate the occasion, the bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by Metropolitan Commercial Bank employees, long-standing customers who live on Long Island and elected officials, including Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Trustee Pamela Marksheid; Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum; Great Neck Water Pollution Control District Chairperson Jerry Landsberg; and from the Town of North Hempstead, Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Town Clerk Wayne Wink and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman.
“The opening of our Long Island banking center is a significant milestone as we branch out of Manhattan to more effectively reach our customers,” said Mark DeFazio, president and CEO of Metropolitan Commercial Bank. “This decision reflects our focus on client relationships and is one of the many ways we provide the kind of personal service customers are looking for today. Our customers are our business, and being close to them is our commitment.”
At the event, the town presented a certificate of recognition to DeFazio in honor of the grand opening. Several elected officials, including Great Neck Plaza Mayor Celender, addressed attendees to express their excitement for the bank to be a centerpiece of the community and wished the Metropolitan Commercial Bank team success.
“Known for their superb customer service, close relationships with clients and civic involvement, Metropolitan Commercial Bank exemplifies what it means to be a community bank,” said Mayor Celender. “The Village of Great Neck Plaza is proud to be the home of Metropolitan Commercial Bank’s first Long Island banking center. We wish them much success and many years of good business here in the Plaza and across Long Island.”
As its first community initiative, Metropolitan Commercial Bank is currently holding a toy collection drive through Dec. 23 to benefit children at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. The community is encouraged to visit the banking center at 111 Great Neck Rd. to drop off unopened toys, games and other gifts, or make a cash donation, which will be matched by the bank.