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HIA-LI Hosts “executive Insight” on February 8 Featuring Clare Cusack 🗓


HIA-LI Hosts “Executive Insight” Forum on February 8

Featuring Clare Cusack, First Female President of

New York Bankers Association 

Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Community Bank,

Will Serve as Moderator of Event

At Hilton Long Island in Melville

Clare Cusack Will Discuss

New York State’s Banking Industry:

Forecasts For The Future

Clare Cusack, president and CEO of the New York Bankers Association (NYBA), will be the featured guest at an “Executive Insight” event on Tuesday, February 8 at 3:00pm at the Hilton Long Island at 598 Broadhollow Road in Melville.

Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Community Bank, will serve as moderator of the event, which is presented by HIA-LI, one of Long Island’s largest business advocacy organizations. Mr. O’Connor is a member of the HIA-LI board of directors.

Ms. Cusack and Mr. O’Connor will discuss one of the most challenging and transformative periods in the banking industry, as well as forecasts for the future.

Clare Cusack is the first woman to serve as leader of NYBA, the premier trade association for the banking industry in New York.

“Many of the challenges facing the state’s overall banking sector have a notable impact on the Long Island regional economy,” said Ms. Cusack. “I am eager to meet with members and guests of HIA-LI to explore some of these vital issues.”

“Clare Cusack is a respected leader in banking here in New York State,” said Mr. O’Connor. “Long Island businesspeople will benefit from her insights on the economic development impact of the financial services sector, fintech, and the remote workplace.”

“The banking industry functions as the central nervous system of our economy,” said HIA-LI president and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli. “Clare Cusack will provide our regional business leaders with valuable insights as she offers her forecasts for the New York banking community.”

Founded in 1894, the New York Bankers Association serves as the state’s preeminent provider of legislative and regulatory services to a unified banking industry. Over the years, its mission has grown to include educational programs, public relations, political action and member services geared to enhance the profitability and stature of New York ’s banking industry. NYBA is comprised of the smaller community, mid-size regional, and large banks across the state. NYBA members together employ nearly 200,000 New Yorkers, hold $2 trillion in deposits, and extend nearly $70 billion in home and small business loans.

Clare Cusack became president and CEO of NYBA on December 1, 2020. She had previously

served as general counsel and COO of NYBA since August 2018. Ms. Cusack joined NYBA in 2013 as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Prior to her work with the association, she practiced as an attorney with the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, and earlier worked as an aide to the New York State Assembly majority. Ms. Cusack earned her juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

Those interested can click here to register for the event. Companies wishing to sponsor the event can contact Anthony Forgione at or 631-543-5355.


Now in its 43rd year, HIA-LI is one of Long Island’s largest business advocacy organizations. It also represents the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the largest industrial park in the Northeast. The park supports 55,000 jobs, produces $13 billion in goods and services each year, and accounts for eight percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product. For more information, go to

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