SOURCE: Community Bank of Orange, NA

March 03, 2006 14:52 ET

Community Bank of Orange, N.A. Announces Approval of Warwick Branch Office and Termination of Memorandum of Understanding

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 3, 2006 -- Community Bank of Orange, N.A.. (OTC: CBOG) (the "Bank") announced today that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") has approved the Bank's establishment of a new full service branch office located in Warwick, New York. The Bank anticipates that the branch, at Mitchel Corners Shopping Plaza, 25 Elm St., in Warwick, will open on May 15, 2006.

Ronald J. Gentile, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, said, "We are excited to be opening our first branch office in Warwick, where we have strong roots and established relationships. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand the Bank's franchise and serve the community."

The Bank also reported that the OCC has terminated the Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU") between the Bank and the OCC dated June 2, 2004. The MOU had restricted some of the Bank's activities and imposed other supervisory conditions. In its order terminating the MOU, the OCC noted that the Bank has complied with all of the conditions of the MOU, and returned to a safe and sound condition.

Commenting on this development, Mr. Gentile said, "Our Board of Directors and management team have worked closely and diligently with our regulator, the OCC, to address the provisions of the MOU. We are gratified that our cooperative efforts have produced results and look forward to implementing our business plan, serving our customers and creating value for our shareholders."

The Bank, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Middletown, New York and is the first community bank chartered in Orange County, New York in over fifty years. It offers to its individual and business customers a variety of banking services and products, including free checking and expanded banking hours.

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