Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor LLP are investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of Astoria Financial Corporation ("Astoria") (NYSE: AF) concerning the merger with New York Community Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: NYCB). Under the terms of the agreement, valued at approximately $2 billion, Astoria shareholders will only receive one share of New York Community common stock and $0.50 in cash per share held. The total consideration is valued at approximately $19.66 per share, which is virtually no premium over the value of Astoria before the deal was announced. If you are an affected investor, and you want to learn more about the investigation or if you have information that you believe would be helpful to our investigation of the fairness of the proposed transaction, contact Willie Briscoe at The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Powers at Powers Taylor LLP via e-mail at email@example.com or by calling toll free at (877) 728-9607. There is no cost or fee to you. The investigation centers on whether Astoria's Board of Directors is acting in the shareholders' best interests, whether the board is properly negotiating a higher share price for the shareholders, and whether the board has employed an adequate process to review and act on the proposed transaction. The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that handles a variety of complex business litigation matters, including claims of investor and stockholder fraud, shareholder oppression, shareholder derivative suits, and security class actions.