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Sterling Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corporation Shareholders Approve Proposed Merger

June 13, 2017

Shareholders of Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) (“Sterling”) and Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE:AF) (“Astoria”) today approved the proposed merger of the two companies.

Pending regulatory approval, and subject to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger “Merger Agreement” dated as of March 6, 2017, Astoria Financial Corporation will merge with and into Sterling Bancorp, and Astoria Bank will merge with and into Sterling National Bank.

Following the special meeting of Sterling shareholders held this morning, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Kopnisky stated, “We are pleased with the overwhelming support for the merger by both our shareholders and Astoria’s, as evidenced by the outcome of the meetings held today. More than 99% of the votes cast at our meeting and more than 96% of the votes cast at Astoria’s meeting were voted in favor of the merger.”   

Read the full press release on our Investor Relations website.