Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (“Brookline”) (NASDAQ: BRKL) today announced that the deadline for shareholders of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. (“Bancorp Rhode Island”) (NASDAQ: BARI) to elect the form of consideration that they wish to receive in Brookline’s pending merger with Bancorp Rhode Island has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011, unless further extended. The extension of the deadline will allow additional time for Bancorp Rhode Island shareholders to make an election regarding the form of consideration to be received by them in the merger and reduces the potential time between the election deadline and the effective date of the merger. The merger is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011, pending receipt of approvals from various federal and state regulatory agencies.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, each Bancorp Rhode Island shareholder will receive in the merger, for each Bancorp Rhode Island share and at the holder’s election, either 4.686 shares of Brookline common stock or $48.25 in cash. All elections are subject to allocation and proration provisions set forth in the merger agreement. Any Bancorp Rhode Island shareholder who has previously submitted an Election Form and Letter of Transmittal will have the opportunity to change his or her election by submitting a new Election Form and Letter of Transmittal prior to the new deadline. If a shareholder does not wish to change a previously submitted election, no action needs to be taken.

Shareholders with questions regarding the election materials or who wish to obtain copies of the election materials should contact Phoenix Advisory Partners, the information agent, at (877) 478-5038.

About Brookline Bancorp, Inc.

Brookline Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Brookline, MA, operates as the bank holding company for Brookline Bank and The First National Bank of Ipswich. A full-service financial institution founded in 1871, Brookline Bank provides individuals and small to mid-sized businesses with deposit and lending services, residential mortgages and home equity lending, commercial and commercial real estate lending, cash management, merchant services, and access to investment services. For more information, go to www.brooklinebank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements about future events that constitute forward-looking statements. Projections about future events are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, competition, failure to complete the proposed acquisition of Bancorp Rhode Island in a timely manner or at all, business disruptions due to the pendency of the transaction, and difficulties related to the integration of the businesses following the merger. For additional factors that may affect future results, please see the filings made by Brookline with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Brookline’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (as amended) for the year ended December 31, 2010, as supplemented by its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Brookline undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

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