As PoliticsNY.net first reported on January 18th, M&T Bank announced today the hiring of former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as Vice President of Government Relations. As we also broke on February 5th, she will be based in Buffalo.
As the bank's top lobbyist, Hochul will represent the company in building relationships with local, state and federal government officials.
"Kathy brings a broad range of government knowledge and experience to M&T Bank," said M&T Bank President Mark J. Czarnecki. "As a company employing more than 15,000 people, and as the nation's 6th largest U.S. Small Business Administration lender, it's important for M&T Bank to maintain continuing dialogue with our local, state and federal government leaders to help them understand our vital role in creating jobs and economic growth in communities we serve."
Democrat Hochul was elected to the US House of Representatives in a 2011 special election to replace Republican Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned abruptly after what many recall as the "Craigslist Scandal." After serving one year representing a largely rural area, redistricting forced the popular Hamburg pol to compete with Republican Chris Collins in a much more conservative district. Collins defeated her in an remarkably close race in November 2012.
Prior to serving in the House, Hochul was Erie County Clerk from 2007 to 2011. Her early government experience included positions on the staffs of former Congressman John J. LaFalce and former US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. She holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
M&T Bank Corp. is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T's principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia.