After months of bitter, public wrangling, Suffolk Bancorp bought back 235,000 shares of its common stock from North Fork Bancorp., getting the Long Island archrival "out of their hair."

Suffolk agreed at the end of December to pay about $8.8 million, or $37.38 a share, for the stock, which represented about 6.2% of the Riverhead-based bank's outstanding shares.

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