John A. Kanas, chairman of North Fork Bancorp, ruffled more than a few feathers at a conference this week designed to showcase Northeast thrifts when he said the industry is under pressure and no longer tempts his acquisitive eye.

In remarks Tuesday to analysts, investors, and bankers at the conference, sponsored by the New York Society of Security Analysts, Mr. Kanas delivered a grim assessment of the mortgage business and vowed that North Fork of Melville, N.Y., would not buy another thrift.

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