First Empire State Corp., Buffalo, has promoted Michael P. Pinto to executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Mr. Pinto will remain executive vice president and CFO at M&T Bank, First Empire's principal banking unit.

In addition, four top officers were given the title of executive vice president at the holding company. They are:

John L. Pett, based in Buffalo, who remains chief credit officer for both entities.

Brian E. Hickey, also based in Buffalo and president of M&T Bank's Rochester, N.Y., division. He continues his responsibilities managing the bank's Buffalo corporate banking and commercial real estate business.

Atwood Collins 3d, president of M&T Bank's New York City division.

James L. Hoffman, based in Newburgh, N.Y., president of M&T Bank's Hudson Valley division.

First Empire State Corp. has $12.9 billion of assets.

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