Stacey M. Cooper has joined North Fork Bancorp as senior vice president and Community Reinvestment Act officer.

The post is new, combining several functions into one, said Daniel M. Healy, chief financial officer of the Melville, N.Y.-based company. "We are growing in different markets, and we thought the issue was important enough to have someone of Ms. Cooper's background heading it up."

Since January 1996, Ms. Cooper has been deputy superintendent in the New York State Banking Department's consumer affairs division. She was responsible for the administration of the state's Community Reinvestment Act and for monitoring state banks' compliance with fair-lending regulations and other consumer protection laws.

In March 1996, North Fork announced a three-year, $20 million commitment to lend in low- to moderate-income communities in Westchester, Rockland, and Queens counties in New York.

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