Two named to Oneida Financial Corp. Board

Oneida Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ONFC) ("Oneida"), the parent company of The Oneida Savings Bank is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Ralph M. Stevens and Dr. John A. Wight to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2009. The Company's Board of Directors elected Drs. Stevens and Wight to serve following the recent resignation of Michael A. Miravalle as a member of the board due to his relocation outside of New York State. The Oneida Financial Corp. Board of Directors was increased to ten (10) members with the additions of Drs. Stevens and Wight.

Dr. Ralph L. Stevens, M.D. is the founder and medical director of Oneida Medical Imaging Center located in Oneida. Stevens is a graduate of Yale College in New Haven, CT and SUNY Upstate College of Medicine in Syracuse. Prior to developing a technologically advanced radiology and imaging center in 1997, Dr. Stevens was employed for nearly 10 years by the Oneida City Hospital in the radiology unit. He has been an active member of the Madison County Medical Society, Oneida Rotary Club, Yale Club of Central New York and other civic and philanthropic organizations. In addition to his private medical practice, Dr. Stevens is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Stevens resides in Cazenovia, NY with his family

Dr. John A. Wight, M.D. is the founder and managing director of Tri-Valley Family Practice located in Vernon. Wight is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo and SUNY Upstate College of Medicine in Syracuse. Prior to establishing a medical practice in Central New York in 1988 that currently includes nine (9) practicing physicians, Dr. Wight performed family practice residency work at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA followed by joining a private medical practice in Canastota. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Central New York Independent Physicians Association and a board member of VVS Dollars for Scholars. Wight also serves as Chief of Medical Staff at the Oneida Heathcare Center in Oneida. Dr. Wight resides with his family in Vernon.

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