In the presence of some of New York State's most powerful politicians, Chemical Banking Corp. announced last week that it would keep its card processing center on Long Island after its merger with Chase Manhattan Corp.

The Hicksville facility, with 2,700 employees, played host to a press conference that included speeches by Chemical chairman Walter Shipley, Chase chairman Thomas Labrecque, New York Gov. George Pataki, Attorney General Dennis Vacco, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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