With 2017 behind us, everyone at Sawyer Savings is full of gratitude for the people throughout the Hudson Valley who helped make this past year another successful one for our local bank — proving that the “neighborly way to bank” is also the successful way.

Our thanks go first to the dozens of neighbors in Ulster County who placed their trust in Sawyer, and joined our First-Time Homebuyer Program to purchase their first home. We’re grateful for all our customers who chose us to help safeguard and grow their financial resources. Thank you to our commercial customers as well, who come to us to help achieve their plans for business growth, further strengthening the local economy.

Throughout the region, we invest in the community not just as bankers, but as citizens and neighbors, too. This past year, Sawyer employees from our branches in Saugerties, Highland and Marlboro volunteered at events from the Hudson Valley Ribfest and the Taste of New Paltz, to the Sawyer Motors Car Show and the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce Rockin’ Around Saugerties Gala. We proudly participated in the JDRF One Walk, UNICO TomatoFest and Meet Me in Marlborough Trick or Treat — and even sponsored this year’s Community Day in Highland, NY. To continue tradition, our annual “Stuff the Truck” event resulted in a full truck-bed of food (and financial donation) each to the food outreach programs at Saugerties Food Pantry, St. Augustine Food Pantry and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s and St. James.

This spirit to contribute comes from the people who work here. We’re proud to celebrate many milestones this year, including Jennafer Romanczuk’s promotion to Marlboro Branch Manager, as well as two new Assistant Branch Managers, Courtney Schmelz in Marlboro, and Amy Niebuhr-Ferraro in Saugerties. Our trustees, too, help ensure Sawyer remains committed to community values. This year, we welcomed two new members to the Board — congratulations, Peter Gage and Matthew VanDerbeck — and gave our appreciation to Trustee William Voerg, who retired on December 31st, after 26 years of service and dedication. 2017 also saw the Ulster County Community College Foundation award Sawyer Savings Bank with a Top 40 Donor Certificate of Appreciation, while the Rip Van Winkle Council, BSA, honored me with its Community Stewardship Award. Thank you, and may we always work hard to deserve these recognitions.

Since being founded in 1871, Sawyer Savings has stayed true to the idea that we’re all neighbors in the Hudson Valley together. I hope we continue to meet your needs and earn your trust, making this place we call home even more wonderful. From all of us at Sawyer Savings, thank you and have a prosperous 2018!

Gabriel Sottile
President & CEO