Business Briefs, October 17

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Practice Gets High RatingThe team at Ameriprise Financial in Southampton has received a 100 percent client satisfaction score in the most recent Ameriprise Financial Client Relationship Study. The office has also been ranked in the top 2 percent of all Ameriprise Financial Practices nationwide.

The survey’s score was based on responses gathered between June and July, from active clients who have been with their advisor for at least one year, and was conducted by a third party. The survey rated Ameriprise advisors in several areas, including overall satisfaction, quality of advice and other criteria.

Common Stock Offering CompletedBridge Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Bridgehampton National Bank, has announced that it has completed its previously announced public offering of common stock. Bridge Bancorp Inc., sold 1,926,250 shares of common stock at a price of $20.75 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $40 million, which include 251,250 shares sold pursuant to the option granted to underwriters. The net proceed of the offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses, was approximately $37.5 million.

The purpose of the offering was in part to provide additional capital to Bridge Bancorp to support its acquisition of First National Bank of New York and for general corporate purposes.

New Hires At FirmThe Riverhead accounting firm of Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank LLP, with offices in Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor, has recently added Jani Rothberg, CPA; Heather L. Scholtz and Danielle M. Anderson to its staff.

Jani Rothberg, of Moriches, will work from the firm’s Sag Harbor office and was previously employed at Ferrera, DeStefano & Caporusso CPAs based in Islandia. Ms. Rothberg holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Dowling College, where she graduated with honors. She brings more than 13 years of public experience in corporate and personal tax and tax planning as well as specialized knowledge of accounting for construction companies to the firm.

Ms. Anderson, of Manorville, will join Ms. Rothberg in the firm’s Sag Harbor office. Ms. Anderson was previously employed at Lawrence J. Alperin CPA, PC based in Smithtown. She joins the firm with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and an Associate of Science degree in accounting from Suffolk Community College, where she received numerous awards.Ms. Anderson is currently pursuing her master’s degree in taxation from SUNY Old Westbury.

Ms. Scholtz, of Mattituck, will work from the firm’s Southampton office and was previously employed at Banducci, Katz & Ferraris based in Sag Harbor. Ms. Scholtz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and has six years of professional experience in personal and corporate tax. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University.

The firm, founded in 1998, was formed when three area certified public accounting firms merged to become eastern Long Island’s largest accounting firm. The firm offers a diverse array of assurance, tax, estate and trust planning, and business management services to clients ranging from startup companies to middle-market privately-held companies throughout all Long Island and the Tri-State region.

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