TrustCo Announces the Retirement of Robert A. McCormick

GLENVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TrustCo Bank Corp NY (the “Company”) (Nasdaq:TRST) announced that Robert A. McCormick will retire from the Board of Directors of the Company and Trustco Bank when his current term expires at the Company’s Annual Meeting to be held on May 19, 2016. Mr. McCormick joined the Company’s predecessor, Schenectady Trust, in 1977, at which point the company had 12 branches and assets of $210 million. Today, the company has 145 branches and assets of $4.7 billion.

Mr. McCormick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1984 until his retirement in 2002, and has subsequently been a key member of the Board, including Chairman through 2008. The dramatic expansion that occurred since 1977 was driven by Mr. McCormick’s long term vision for the Company, his hands-on execution of the strategies designed to achieve this vision and his pervasive enthusiasm for all aspects of the business. Included in the Company’s growth was the expansion of the branch network in Upstate New York to a total of 64 offices, an additional 30 branches in Downstate New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and the creation of a 51 branch network of offices in Central Florida. The growth of the Company’s capital base occurred despite internally funding the expansion program and an aggressive payout of dividends to shareholders. Just since 2000, the Company has paid out dividends of $545 million to shareholders as a result of consistent, solid profitability and the long standing policy of returning unneeded capital to shareholders.

The Company’s current size, financial strength and extensive branch network are testament to Mr. McCormick’s leadership, and he will leave the Board well-positioned for the future upon his retirement.

TrustCo Bank Corp NY is a $4.7 billion savings and loan holding company and through its subsidiary, Trustco Bank, operated 145 offices in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida.

In addition, the Bank’s Financial Services Department offers a full range of investment services, retirement planning and trust and estate administration services. The common shares of TrustCo are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol TRST.

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Contact: Kevin T. Timmons Vice President/Treasurer (518) 381-3607

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