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Hochul takes VP job with M&T Bank

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Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has landed a new job. M&T Bank Corporation has hired Hochul to serve as its Vice President of Government Relations.

The bank says Hochul will represent it in building relationships with local, state and federal government officials. She will work out of the bank's downtown office. 

“Kathy brings a broad range of government knowledge and experience to M&T Bank,” said M&T Bank President Mark J. Czarnecki.  “As a company employing more than 15,000 people, and as the nation’s 6th largest U.S. Small Business Administration lender, it’s important for M&T Bank to maintain continuing dialogue with our local, state and federal government leaders to help them understand our vital role in creating jobs and economic growth in communities we serve.”

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reached Hochul Wednesday about her new position. 

"I was approached by the bank while I was still in congress back in December.  I basically had opportunities coming my way, so I just had a chance to weigh the pros and cons of each and every time I considered it, M&T came up on top," said Hochul.

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Kathy Hochul in the WBFO studio

Hochul, who formerly represented the 26th Congressional District, was defeated last fall in her reelection bid in the realigned 27th District by Rep. Chris Collins.

Prior to her stint in Congress, she served as Erie County Clerk from 2007 to 2011

Hochul begins her  new position March 4. She says she and her husband, U.S. Attorney William Hochul, are planning to move into Buffalo.  The Hochuls were longtime Hamburg residents, but moved to Amherst during her time in congress.