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Two new businesses open on Albany Street

ARTicles and AmeriCU held grand openings last Friday

Photo by Jason Emerson.

— AmeriCU is a non-for-profit credit union that offers the same traditional products and services as a bank — plus investment, insurance and financial planning — but it is owned by its members and offers low or no fees and better rates, said Tab Righmyre, AmeriCU manager of market intelligence. “At AmeriCU we understand service and we’re member-focused,” he said.

AmeriCU, which has locations around Central New York, including a newly opened one on the Onondaga Community College campus, decided to come to Cazenovia for many reasons: Madison County is underserved in banking, Cazenovia lacked a credit union and the presence of a college in the village was appealing. But the main reason was that AmeriCU already had a member base in Cazenovia and they wanted a location here, said Cazenovia branch manager Frederick W. Agerter.

“We came here because we’re needed here – and we’re very excited about it,” Agerter said. “Credit unions were formed because people want to help people. That’s why we’re here: to help, not to sell.”

AmeriCU’s new Cazenovia branch was a two-year effort to bring to fruition, with six months dedicated to completely refurbishing the space at 82 Albany St., Rightmyre said. The branch has regular Monday through Friday hours with a 24-hour, full-service kiosk in the foyer. There is also a waiting room with sofas and chairs, free coffee, a television and toys and books for children.

For more information about AmeriCU, visit americu.org.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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