Uniondale, NY: Flushing Financial Corporation, the parent holding company for Flushing Bank hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new branch located at 85-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NY on June 23.
New grants to support two New York City nonprofit organizations were also announced on the occasion as the Bank’s President and CEO, John R. Buran, presented a check to the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. The Bank also presented a grant check to Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens that will help fund their First Time Home Buyer, Affordable Housing, and Rental Assistance Programs.
“We are excited to expand our presence in the diverse, multicultural markets of Queens, further developing relationships with the residents and businesses that comprise this vibrant community,” Buran said.
The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is designed to drive neighborhood-level changes in economic opportunity and mobility by promoting asset building and reinforcing college and career-building expectations.
“Flushing Bank’s Community Scholarship will not only allow these students to build more financial resources for college and career training, but it can serve as a reminder that their neighborhood institutions believe in their potential,” said Debra-Ellen Glickstein, Founding Executive Director of NYC Kids RISE.
Yoselin Genao Estrella, Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC Inc. said, “We commend the leadership of Flushing Bank for their commitment and for their investment in our communities by opening a much-needed branch in this convenient and highly visible location.”
Deputy Queens Borough President Ebony Young said, “Today, as we celebrate the grand opening of Flushing Bank’s new Elmhurst branch, we applaud their efforts to actively build on that foundation of community support with grants to support the college and career dreams of our youngest community members, and critical affordable housing and rental assistance services.”
The event was well attended by local government and school officials and community leaders. “I commend Flushing Bank for their direct investment in our communities,” said New York City Council Member Shekar Krishnan.