MONTEBELLO, N.Y., May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sterling National Bank, the principal subsidiary of Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL), announced today that Ed Blaskey has joined the bank as Executive Vice President and Market President for Long Island. Blaskey, who will be based in Sterling's Melville office and will report to Jack Kopnisky, Sterling's President and Chief Executive Officer, will apply his deep market expertise to help expand Sterling's footprint across the Long Island market.
Ed Blaskey
Ed Blaskey Joins Sterling National Bank as EVP Long Island Market President

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"As we have continued to grow, Long Island has emerged as a key focus area for us," said Kopnisky. "We are thrilled to welcome someone with Ed's pedigree, market knowledge and deep Long Island roots to lead our efforts in the region. He has extensive background in commercial lending and business banking, an understanding of the specific needs of Long Island clients, and proven leadership abilities."

Blaskey was most recently Market President for the Suburban New York and Long Island Markets at TD National Bank, where he grew the bank's Commercial Lending, Wealth, Cash Management and Government Banking businesses. In this role, Blaskey oversaw TD's regional commercial loan portfolio, as well as supporting a retail network of 100 locations with $12 billion in deposits.

Blaskey received his Bachelor's in Management & Finance from Adelphi University.

About Sterling National Bank Sterling Bancorp, of which the principal subsidiary is Sterling National Bank, specializes in the delivery of financial services and solutions for small to mid-size businesses and consumers within the communities we serve through a distinctive team-based delivery approach utilizing highly experienced, fully dedicated relationship managers. Sterling National Bank offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services.  For more information, visit

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STERLING NATIONAL BANK:Linda DunbarFirst VP, Director of Corporate Communications 845.369.8085

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