WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Aug. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC . (Nasdaq:NFBK), today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Timothy C. Harrison, Karen J. Kessler, Steven M. Klein, and Frank P. Patafio as directors of both the Company and Northfield Bank. John W. Alexander, Chairman, and CEO commented, "We are pleased that these very talented and well respected individuals have agreed to serve on our boards." Mr. Alexander continued, "The skills, experiences, and contributions of each of these individuals, and their strong ties to the business community, will play a key role in the Company's continued development and growth." Mr. Harrison, age 56, is a principal with TCH Realty & Development Co., LLC, and affiliated partnerships, developer of retail and office projects. Mr. Harrison, a resident of Staten Island, NY, is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Harrison earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and also holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the New York University of School of Law. Mr. Harrison is currently a director of Project Hospitality. Ms. Kessler, age 57, is a principal with Evergreen Partners, Inc., a public relations firm located in Warren, New Jersey. Ms. Kessler, a resident of Warren, NJ, holds an AB in economics from Vassar College, and has studied at the London School of Economics and Princeton University. Ms. Kessler has held positions at the American Stock Exchange, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, and currently chairs the board of directors of Atlantic Health Systems. Mr. Klein, age 48, is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Northfield Bancorp, Inc. and Northfield Bank. Mr. Klein, a resident of Howell, NJ, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey, with a BA in Business Administration from Montclair State University. Mr. Klein was previously an Audit Partner with the global auditing and tax firm KPMG LLP. Mr. Klein currently serves as a director of Middlesex Water Company and as a trustee of CentraState Medical Center.