MELVILLE, N.Y. — North Fork Bancorp said a Delaware court ruled in its favor in declaring that the class of directors nominated for reelection by Dime Bancorp were not reelected to new three-year terms.

The decision by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware means that about two-thirds of Dime’s board of directors will stand for reelection at Dime’s 2001 annual meeting of stockholders.

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