Press Release May 4 2012


May 4, 2012 – April was National Community Banking Month and that was celebrated locally by Solvay Bank through a host of events that were open to the public. Throughout the entire month of April, the bank partnered with another local firm, CXTec, in an electronic recycling drive that was free and open to the public. Ewaste recycling containers were placed in all of Solvay Bank's eight locations and items including personal computers, batteries, cameras, speakers and fax machines could be dropped off for secure disposal at CXTec. "There were over 25 items on the list of acceptable electronic equipment and the response from the public was overwhelming," said Karen Zarach, Solvay Bank Vice President of Business and Marketing Strategy. At the end of the month, over 27,750 pounds of electronics were collected at bank locations. "Word spread quickly and we had folks coming in every day with items," said Zarach. The bank also held four shred days during April for the safe disposal of personal documents by arranging for Feher Rubbish Removal to be onsite for instant shredding.

"Helping our customers and the people of Central New York is an important part of our mission as a community bank," said Paul P. Mello, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are more than just financial partners to our customers; we are committed citizens in a thriving community." Throughout 2012, Solvay Bank plans to hold additional community days that will feature recycling events as well as informative sessions on financial literacy and fraud protection.

Founded in 1917, Solvay Bank is the oldest independent commercial bank headquartered and operating in Onondaga County and is committed to providing its customers with the very best in financial products and customer service. Solvay Bank has a Main Office located at 1537 Milton Avenue in Solvay and seven branches conveniently located in Fairmount, Camillus, Liverpool, Cicero, North Syracuse, downtown Syracuse and Westvale. Solvay Bank also owns a full service general insurance agency, Solvay Bank Insurance Agency, Inc. The Solvay Bank Web site can be found at

For additional information, please contact: Karen Zarach, Solvay Bank (315) 484-2213.