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Approval granted for Community Bank, Steuben Trust merger

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Community Bank System, Inc. announced that the Shareholders of Steuben Trust Corporation at its Special Shareholders Meeting held on March 3, 2020, overwhelmingly voted to approve the proposed merger of Steuben with Community. Steuben reported that more than 98% of the votes cast were voted to approve the Merger and that more than 84% of the issued and outstanding shares were represented at the Special Meeting. The acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2020, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
Mark E. Tryniski, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank System stated, “We are excited to hear of the strong support by the Steuben shareholders for the merger. Community Bank looks forward to the opportunity to welcome Steuben Trust Company’s customers and employees to our family as we work together to integrate two high-quality banks with long histories of service to their customers and communities. We are dedicated to Steuben Trust Company’s customers and both teams are working to make the transition to Community Bank as seamless as possible. We hope that our new customers will enjoy the larger branch network and variety of financial services Community Bank and its subsidiaries have to offer.”
On October 21, 2019, Community announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Steuben, the parent company of Steuben Trust Company, a New York State chartered bank headquartered in Hornell, New York, for approximately $109.1 million in Company stock and cash. Steuben currently operates 14 branch locations in Western New York. The acquisition will extend the Company’s footprint into two new counties in Western New York State and enhance the Company’s presence in four Western New York State counties in which it currently operates.

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