Once again, we find ourselves in the Hudson Valley’s most wonderful time of the year. As my family welcomes relatives and friends into our home for the holidays, I look back over 2016 and feel proud at how Sawyer Savings also has been here for customers and community, alike.

Our branches in the heart of Highland, Marlboro and Saugerties are here to protect your savings. Over the past 12 months, we’ve gained hundreds of personal and business customers in the best way possible: through referrals from friends and family who already bank at Sawyer.

More than just physical locations, Sawyer is also here for you online and on-the-go, with secure online banking and a powerful mobile app that delivers the convenience you need. The security of our online features will improve on January 1st, 2017, when we switch our web and email addresses to “.bank” from “.com” adding even more safety and reliability to our digital services.

Sawyer is here to assist Hudson Valley residents who are buying a house — with great rates, locally made lending decisions and a unique First Time Homebuyer program that helps neighbors climb onto the property ladder. And we’re here for those customers expanding their business, too, as a community bank who values relationships and recognizes that when you grow, we all grow.

Naturally, we’re here to help and support local charities who do so much for so many. Our “Stuff the Truck” events rally residents to fill the beds of three trucks with food and donations to help feed deserving residents across the Hudson Valley. Additionally, our employees and customers donate time and money to worthy organizations like St. Augustine’s, Sparrow’s Nest, Highland Babe Ruth, Saugerties Food Pantry, the Chamber of Commerce and dozens more. Sawyer funds scholarships for high school and college students near all our branches, and is proud of the active role we play in the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce.

We’re here for our employees, as well, honoring the best service with employee of the quarter awards, and celebrating professional achievements like those of Jana and Savanna, at our Highland Branch, when they earned awards from the NY State Senate and the Ulster County Legislature for completing the Civilian Police Academy.

Whether it’s because of the hours our branches are open, the excellent rates we offer on deposits, or the strength of our “neighborly” service, we’re proud to count you as our customer. Since 1871, we’ve been here for the Hudson Valley, and we look forward to continue doing so in 2017.

From one neighbor to another, thanks again from Sawyer Savings. May you enjoy the very best of all the holidays have to offer!

Gabriel Sottile
President & CEO