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SECNY expands Skaneateles office

SECNY Federal Credit Union welcomed community members to its new and expanded offices on Fennell Street Tuesday afternoon Oct. 20.

The Skaneateles branch now features drive-thru teller lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, self-service center and coin machine. The branch expanded into space previously occupied by Skaneateles Dry Cleaners.

SECNY CEO Walt Bobesky gave opening remarks during a small grand reopening ceremony at the local branch. During his comments, Bobesky thanked everyone for attending the event and those who worked to make the expansion happen, including Fred Harris. Harris' family previously owned the dry cleaning space.

"If it wasn't for Fred and the Harris family for giving up the dry cleaners, we wouldn't be here," Bobesky said.

According to company Vise President Bill Welch, SECNY is the first credit union in the village of Skaneateles and the next closest one is either Auburn or Onondaga Hill. The whole credit union concept also is new to Skaneateles, he said.

"It's a big step for us to open an office particularly in Skaneateles," said Welch, also a Skaneateles resident.

This is the second construction project completed by the credit union this year with one additional office planned for later this year.

The Skaneateles office includes early opening hours Monday through Friday. The branch is also open Saturdays.

SECNY FCU is a community credit union, which means it is owned by its members instead of shareholders like larger corporate banking institutions, Welch said. SECNY also has non-profit status and therefore is able to offer its members better interest rates and lower fees, he said.

"What we really pride ourselves on is the service provided to our members," Welch said. "Our concern is our customers."

Membership is open to anyone living, working, worshipping, attending school in as well as businesses and legal entities in Central New York. This area includes Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Oswego counties.

SECNY offers a full range of member services including free checking, Visa debit card, Visa credit card, unlimited surcharge-free transactions at over 40,000 ATMs nationwide, free virtual branch online account access, free online bill pay, direct deposit, loans, mortgages and more.

For information on credit union membership, contact SECNY FCU at any of the following locations: Onondaga Hill (main office), 469-5599; Manlius, 682-1174; Baldwinsville, 635-5418; Skaneateles, 554-8070; and North Syracuse, 214-2995. Or visit secny.org for details.

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