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M&T Names Former Congresswoman to Government Relations Post

M&T Bank (MTB) in Buffalo has hired a former member of Congress to help it strengthen its relationships with government officials

The $82 billion-asset company said Wednesday that it has named former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul its new vice president of government relations. Based in Buffalo, Hochul will be responsible for working with government officials at the state, local and federal levels, M&T said Wednesday.

In 2011, Huchul became the first Democrat in 40 years to represent New York's 26th district, which includes Buffalo, when she won a four-way special election. Last year, following a remapping of the state's districts, she lost a narrow election to Republican Chris Collins for the seat in the newly created 27th district.

Before being elected to the House of Representatives, Hochul served as Erie County Clerk. She has also held positions on the staffs of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former U.S. Rep. John LaFalce.

"Kathy brings a broad range of government knowledge and experience to M&T Bank," M&T Bank President Mark Czarnecki said in the press release. "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."

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