Mayra DiRico Joins Astoria Federal Savings As Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking Astoria Continues to Attract Premier New York Banking Talent to Support Continued Growth and Redefine Banking Service and Convenience in Local Markets

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Astoria Federal Savings, Long Island's fourth largest bank by deposit market share and the second largest community bank headquartered in New York, today announced that it has appointed Mayra DiRico to senior vice president and director of retail banking. DiRico's appointment reinforces Astoria's continued commitment to attracting top New York banking talent and its focus on expanding its high-touch, consultative-based approach to both commercial and consumer banking. 

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Bringing more than 26 years of consumer and commercial banking experience to Astoria, DiRico most recently served as executive vice president of HSBC's Northeast Region, where she oversaw full operations of over 180 branches throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey. During her tenure at HSBC, she also managed the Florida and Mid Atlantic Districts. 

The addition of leaders such as DiRico underscores the bank's goal of redefining convenience and customer service through providing real guidance and answers to the simple and complex financial challenges customers face throughout every stage of their financial lives. She will report directly to Brian Edwards, executive vice president and managing director of the Retail Banking Group.

"Mayra's high energy, customer-centric approach and results-oriented skillset will be an invaluable asset to Astoria's retail banking group," said Brian Edwards, executive vice president of Astoria Federal Savings. "As we continue to strengthen our focus on serving as our customers' trusted financial advisor throughout our branch network and across multiple delivery channels, Mayra's leadership and track record throughout the many diverse communities we serve in this market will contribute greatly to Astoria's continued growth and success."

"I am thrilled to join Astoria's retail banking team, and further strengthen our unique approach to providing trustworthy consumer and commercial banking solutions that directly benefit our customers' financial lives," said DiRico. "Astoria is a bank that operates locally which enables us to evolve quickly and develop meaningful connections within the many communities we serve. I really like how everyone at Astoria views our customers as our foundation and our future. I am very confident that our collective commitment, passion and personal standard of excellence will set us apart in the marketplace."

About Astoria Federal Savings
Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF), with assets of $16.2 billion, is the holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association.  Established in 1888, Astoria Federal, with deposits in New York totaling $10.4 billion, is the largest thrift depository in New York and embraces its philosophy of "Putting people first" by providing the customers and local communities it serves with quality financial products and services through 85 convenient banking office locations and multiple delivery channels, including its enhanced website, www.astoriafederal.com.  Astoria Federal commands the fourth largest deposit market share in the attractive Long Island market, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties with a population exceeding that of 38 individual states.  Astoria Federal originates residential mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in New York, a broker network in four states, primarily along the East Coast, and through correspondent relationships covering nine states and the District of Columbia.  Astoria Federal also originates multi-family and commercial real estate loans, primarily on rent controlled and rent stabilized apartment buildings, located in New York City and the metropolitan area.

SOURCE Astoria Federal Savings



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