A low point of the savings and loan debacle of the '80s was the failure of Empire of America, which in its heyday was the country's 15th-largest thrift.

The demise of the Buffalo institution put $10.2 billion of assets into the hands of the Resolution Trust Corp. and disrupted the lives of numerous customers and Empire employees.

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