Chairman of the board of First New York Federal Credit Union receives Leadership Award

ALBANY, NY (December 17, 2021) — We are happy to announce that Charles R. Smith, Chairman of the Board of First New York Federal Credit Union, was recognized with the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen’s 2021 Eugene Ball Award during the 45th Annual Chair’s Roundtable Forum in Denver, Colorado.

Smith was elected as Board Chairman of First New York Federal Credit Union in 1990. Soon after, he become involved with the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen (NACUC) and began attending the Chair’s Roundtable Forums. In 1998, he was elected to NACUC’s board of directors serving as Chairman from 2003 to 2007. Smith commented, “I wanted to give back to an organization that’s given me so much in my role as Board Chairman. It’s been an honor to be a part of it and now to be recognized with this award.”

Smith has served with First New York Federal Credit Union for more than 50 years beginning as a volunteer field rep. Before he was elected to the Board of Directors in 1984, he served on the Supervisory Committee. Smith spent more than 25 years as an educator and school principal in the Schenectady City School District.

Congratulations to Chuck Smith and thank you for your dedication and leadership!

Charles R. Smith

About First New York Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1937, First New York Federal Credit Union is a full-service not-for-profit financial cooperative providing  banking and lending services to consumers and businesses in the Capital Region. First New York offers a suite of  complete financial including checking and savings accounts, mobile and online banking, auto and home loans, credit  cards, commercial lending and investment services. First New York has over $450 million in assets and serves 35,000+  members with full-service branches in Albany, Cobleskill, Glenville, Halfmoon, Niskayuna, North Greenbush, Rotterdam,  and Saratoga. Members can also access 5,600+ shared branch locations and 30,000+ fee-free ITM/ATMs nationwide. For  more information, call 518-393-1326, extension 1800, visit


Justin Cresswell, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
First New York Federal Credit Union 
Call or text (518) 598-3917 

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