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Virtual Shareholders Meeting for Provident New York Bancorp

Provident Bank to Donate to Local United Way With Savings

MONTEBELLO, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- Provident New York Bancorp (NYSE: PBNY), parent company of Provident Bank, announced that the annual shareholder meeting this year would be a virtual meeting accessible via the Internet. This is the first virtual annual shareholder meeting for Provident New York Bancorp. The annual shareholder meeting presentation will be available live online for all shareholders of record at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Shareholders can access the meeting at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PBNY 15 minutes prior to meeting start time by entering their Proxy Control Number.

Provident Bank will donate to the United Way to support local programs in the Hudson Valley with the savings resulting from moving from an in-person annual shareholder meeting to a virtual meeting.

"Technology has evolved to a point where the virtual meeting is a better experience for our shareholders," said William F. Helmer, chairman of the board of Provident New York Bancorp. "The virtual meeting gives better access to all of our shareholders to participate in the annual meeting, experience the full presentation, vote, and ask questions."

"We are pleased that we could redirect our savings from switching to a virtual shareholder meeting to support the local programs of the United Way," said Jack L. Kopnisky, president and CEO of Provident Bank. "We have been a long-time partner with the United Way and this donation improves our impact on the local community far greater than a shareholder meeting could."

Provident Bank, with $4 billion in assets, is a growing financial services firm that specializes in the delivery of service and solutions to business owners, their families, and consumers in communities within the greater New York City metropolitan area through teams of dedicated and experienced relationship managers. Provident Bank offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. For more information, visit www.providentbanking.com.

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CONTACT:

Suzanne Copeland
Provident Bank
845.369.8341

Provident New York Bancorp
400 Rella Boulevard
Montebello, NY 10901-4243
T 845.369.8040
F 845.369.8255
www.providentbanking.com

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