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Brian D. Obergfell Joins New York State Banking Board

June 7 , 2007

New York, N.Y.: The New York State Banking Department is pleased to announce that Mr. Brian D. Obergfell will serve as a member of the New York State Banking Board.  Obergfell was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer and was confirmed by the State Senate on May 30, 2007.  He will serve as a public member on the Board for a term, which expires March 1, 2010. As a member of the State Banking Board, Obergfell will receive no salary.

"I am confident that Brian Obergfell’s legal expertise and 22 years of experience in providing counsel to financial institutions will benefit the Banking Board,” said Banking Department Superintendent Richard H. Neiman. “His experience will contribute greatly to the Board as we address current issues and I look forward to working with him.”  

Obergfell is a Partner in both the Real Estate and Banking and Financial Groups at Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP, a New York law firm where he also serves as a Member of the Executive Committee. He joined the firm in 1985 as an Associate and became a Partner in 1994. Obergfell is a graduate of Boston University and New York Law School. He currently resides in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Jo-Ann and daughter Grace.

The 17-member Banking Board includes both industry and public members and is chaired by the Superintendent of Banks, Richard H. Neiman.  More information about the New York State Banking Department and Banking Board is available on the Banking Department's Website at

The New York State Banking Department is the regulator for all state-chartered banking institutions, virtually all of the United States offices of international banking institutions, all of the State’s mortgage brokers, mortgage bankers, check cashers, money transmitters and budget planners.  The aggregate assets of the depository institutions supervised by the Banking Department are more than $1.5 trillion.

In addition to regulating banking institutions, the Banking Department is active in informing and educating all New Yorkers on banking matters.  To contact the Banking Department, please call 1-877-BANK-NYS or visit our Web site at

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