Business Briefs, October 30


Suffolk Bancorp Report

Suffolk Bancorp, parent company of Suffolk County National Bank, recently reported a net income of $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $3.9 million for the same period a year ago. Other third-quarter highlights include a core net income increase of 85.2 percent, to $3.6 million, compared to the third quarter of 2013.

“Our lending businesses are performing exceedingly well and continue to deliver strong loan growth,” President and CEO Howard C. Bluver stated.

Mr. Bluver also reported a growth in deposits and strong credit quality. “I am very pleased to report another excellent quarter. We continue to see accelerating momentum in all our core businesses,” he stated.

New Vacation Planner

Mike Gales of East Quogue recently announced that he has joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative and the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network. Mr. Gales will now offer exclusive pricing on a range of cruise, land and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales and more.

“Everyone travels, and it’s important to use a trusted travel specialist to help get the most value out of a vacation,” Mr. Gales said. “As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, I sell complete vacation packages, from exotic getaways to romantic retreats and culturally immersive European experiences to customized African safaris.”

For more information, contact Mike Gales at (631) 594-3824, or

New Bus Launched

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of the I LOVE NEW YORK Bus, a new year-round tourism initiative that will offer transportation from New York City to destinations across the state.

Southampton-based Hampton Jitney will operate the bus. Hampton Jitney is a company with more than 40 years of experience providing transportation throughout the state.

“We look forward to bringing the great destinations, craft beverages and events that our state offers to even more New Yorkers, as well as the many tourists who visit New York each year,” Hampton Jitney President Geoff Lynch said.

“Tourism is thriving in New York, and increasing access to some of this state’s most scenic landscapes and recreational areas is the next step,” Governor Cuomo said.

A series of autumn weekend itineraries, with departure from New York City, are planned, including the North Fork Wine Trail and Taste of North Fork. North Fork Wine Trail trips are planned for Saturdays, October 25, and November 1. The Taste of North Fork two-day tour will be held on November 8 and 9.

The bus will add more events to its schedule in the future. Pick-up and drop-off location for the bus will be at the corner of 44th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, near Grand Central Station. Reservations are recommended, though on-bus tickets will available, space permitting.

For more information or to register for a tour, visit or

Suffolk Bancorp Honored

Suffolk Bancorp recently announced that it has been named one of Sandler O’Neill Sm-All Stars Class of 2014. The Sm-All Stars designation was established to identify the top performing small-cap banks and thrifts in the United States. Companies were selected based on various financial screening criteria, including growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength.

“It is gratifying that Suffolk Bancorp has been recognized among peer institutions for our strong performance,” President and CEO of Suffolk Bancorp Howard Bluver said. “The Sm-All Stars distinction acknowledges the collective efforts of our outstanding teams,” he continued.

Suffolk Bancorp is a one-bank holding company engaged in commercial banking through the Suffolk County National Bank.

Family Practice Grows

Dr. Robert N. Bickford has added his son, Dr. Christopher R. Bickford, to his dental practice, Bickford Dental at 154 W Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

The new dentist, commonly referred to as Dr. Chris, recently graduated magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He was also inducted into the OKU National Dental Honor Society. Upon completion of his studies, the younger Dr. Bickford completed a one year general practice residency program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is currently accepting new patients of all ages and is offering extended office hours, including Saturday mornings.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the office at (631) 728-5606.

Balance Chiropractic’s Personalized Approach

Dr. Janet Marie Cirrone founded Balance Chiropractic in 1998. Her practice consists of both local and Manhattan-based patients and athletes. Balance Chiropractic is located in two convenient locations, 33 Flying Point Road in Southampton and 170 Montauk Highway in Speonk.

Dr. Cirrone’s services include cranial adjustments, integrated exercise programs, Yamuna Bodyrolling and more. “Modern medicine and patient health are successfully administered through specialized care,” she said. “My approach to chiropractic care is unique, it treats the body as a whole.”

Dr. Cirrone offers special sessions to local health care providers, including personal trainers, doctors and dentists. “These special sessions are my way of giving back to my community,” she said. “I really want to encourage others to learn more about the benefits of pain free movement, postural health and wellness.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (631) 283-1300 in Southampton or (631) 325-3354 in Speonk, or visit

New Sag Harbor Market

The Harbor Market and Kitchen is set to open at 184 Division Street in Sag Harbor in January 2015. Formerly known as Espresso’s Little Italian Market, the sit-down or take-out market will offer staple grocery items as well as a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Renovations to the building began this summer and are slated to continue through the end of the year. “We’re thrilled to be restoring this building,” says chef and owner Paul Del Favero. The new kitchen will include a wood-burning oven and a small seating area for in-house diners.

The kitchen will be open seven days a week and offer menu items such as pizza and sandwiches as well as daily soups and breakfast specials. “It’s homemade food that respects and reflects local tastes,” said Mr. Del Favero.

For more information, call (631) 804-4705.

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