The New York State Bankers Association is using a state small-business loan program to pick a fight with the Community Bankers Association of New York State, a thrift trade group.

The commercial bank group, which represents both large and small banks, is trying to derail legislation that would let thrifts and savings banks take part in the Excelsior Linked Deposits Program, a successful lending initiative that links cheap state deposits with small-business lending.

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