Holiday Trivia

December 24, 2007

From a website called, here is a short holiday quiz (see below for answers):

1) The real St. Nicholas was born in what modern-day country?

Choose Your Answer: A: Israel, B: Pakistan, C: Iraq, D: Turkey

2) Who narrated the classic 1966 TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”?

Choose Your Answer: A: Burl Ives, B: Charlton Heston, C: Boris Karloff, D: Thurl Ravenscroft

3) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created as a promotion for what department store?

Choose Your Answer: A: J.C. Penney, B: Montgomery Ward, C: Macy’s, D: Nordstrom

4) In the 1965 TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, who builds a gray snowman?

Choose Your Answer: A: Charlie Brown, B: Linus, C: Pigpen, D: Snoopy

5) What was the name of the magician with the magic hat in the 1969 TV special “Frosty the Snowman”?

Choose Your Answer: A: Black Bart, B: Black Peter, C: Professor Finkle, D: Professor Hinkle

6) In “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, there are how many drummers drumming?

Choose Your Answer: A: six, B: eight, C: ten, D: twelve


1.  D

2.  C

3.  B

4.  C

5.  D

6.  D

Happy Holidays to All!

Kustom Kickz

December 20, 2007

Virtual Business

First New York Federal Credit Union and the Capital Region Career & Technical School team up on virtual business venture! 

You’ve heard of Reebok and Nike, but you probably have never heard of Kustom Kickz!  That’s the name of a virtual company that students in the Career & Technical School’s Virtual Business Program have created. 

Kustom Kickz is the company formed by 12 local students at the area school.  The students are gaining experience by creating the company from the ground up, and drawing from expertise in the real world. 

The students have teamed up with executives from First New York in areas such as Administration, Lending, Human Resources, Marketing and Sales, Web Design, Accounting and Finance.   The credit union staff members are serving as mentors for the students and are providing input on how to write a business plan, creating policies, accounting principals and how to market products. 

From an initial meeting between the students and the credit union officials, the students have been busy developing plans and strategies to launch the virtual business, which involves custom made sneakers. 

The ultimate goal of the students is to enter competitions where their virtual business will be judged against others from throughout the country. During the process the students will be receiving real life training that is used in the virtual world today – and the real world tomorrow!

Dollars For Scholars

December 20, 2007

First New York FCU is pleased to announce that we will once again award three $1,000 one-time scholarships to students who meet the following criteria: 

·      Member in good standing of First New York FCU

·      Graduating High School Senior

·      Planning on attending an accredited two or four year college

·      An active community volunteer 

Applications are available at all First New York offices, and at  Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 14, 2008.

Colonie Branch Now Open

December 13, 2007

Colonie Grand OpeningWall St Sign

First New York Federal Credit Union has announced that it’s newest branch office located in the Town of Colonie is now open!  The new credit union office is located at 2 Wall Street (at New Karner Road, near Watervliet Shaker Road). 

The branch features a full service drive up window, a 24 hour drive up ATM and night drop, and an internet access area for members.  The branch is the seventh office for the Capital District credit union. 

The branch is open six days a week, with lobby hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday.  In addition, the drive through window will be opening at 8:00 AM Monday through Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

Holiday Food Drive

December 12, 2007

From now until Friday, December 21st, First New York FCU is conducting a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Regional Food Bank.

During the drive, employees and members are asked to donate non-perishable food items.  At the end of the drive, the food collected will be delivered to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, who will distribute the items to local non-profit service agencies.

On behalf of the management and staff of First New York, please donate to our Holiday Food Drive and help provide meals to those members of the community who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families.  Food donations are being accepted at any of our branch locations in the Capital District.

Thank you and have a Happy Holiday! 

Best Places To Work!

December 6, 2007

Best Places To Work

Today, The Business Review recognized First New York Federal Credit Union as one of the Best Places to Work in the Capital District!

The award recognizes First New York’s achievement in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture.  First New York was one of 150 companies to be nominated, making the top 30 list based on the strength of its employee evaluations.

The companies were evaluated on an objective 40-question survey completed by employees of participating companies.  Employees scored their respective companies on a six-point scale.  The results were compilied and analyzed by The Business Review’s research partner, Quantum Market Research.

The survey takes the following strategic measures into account:

  • Team effectiveness
  • Retention
  • Employee alignment with company goals
  • Trust with co-workers
  • Individual contribution
  • Manager effectiveness
  • Trust in senior leaders
  • Feeling valued
  • Work engagement
  • People practices

Congratulations, First New York Federal Credit Union!!!