SCNB Shuts a Montauk Branch

The harbor branch is one of six that will be closing in order to increase efficiency in the entire branch system
When Suffolk County National Bank closes its branch in Montauk’s harbor area, Mary Bridges, a teller there, will probably be transferred to the bank’s downtown Montauk branch. Janis Hewitt

    The harbor branch of Suffolk County National Bank, on West Lake Drive in Montauk, will close for good on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. All accounts from the bank will be automatically transferred to the branch on Montauk Highway in the downtown area of the hamlet.

    Frank Filipo, the executive operating officer of retail banking, said this week that the harbor branch is one of six that will be closing in order to increase efficiency in the entire branch system. The closing is part of a project that bank officials have been working on for months, he said.

    Employees of the harbor branch will be reassigned to other branches, but as to whether all of them will be accommodated, Mr. Filipo said, “At the moment, I can’t say for certain, but we hope to find places for them in other branches.”

    Those wishing to have their accounts transferred to a branch other than the one on Main Street in Montauk should call John McDonald, the branch manager of the downtown bank, at 668-5300.

    The harbor branch is in the Gaviola building, which is for sale and listed with local real estate brokers. A teller there said business has been very slow. She said the Suffolk County National Bank system is looking to spread west into Nassau County. A loan production office opened in Garden City on Nov. 4, according to the bank’s website, scnb.com.