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June 1, 2023

The Ithaca Voice: Supportive housing pitched for West End site

Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc., together with CSD Housing, LLC is proposing to construct a new 60-unit mixed low-and-moderate income, integrated supportive housing community on the property.

May 16, 2023

Hudson Valley 360: WMHT joins public media organizations in statewide initiative to assist older adults experiencing social isolation

Aging Together in New York will draw attention to the value of older adults in our communities and provide resources to help seniors build resilience and combat social isolation. 

May 8, 2023

Albany Times Union: Pioneer Bank sees income rise amid higher interest rates

"Third quarter results, which build upon the solid results from the first two quarters of Pioneer’s 2023 fiscal year, reflect the strength of our balance sheet, consistent growth in net interest income, and continued net interest margin expansion during a period of heightened market volatility,” said Pioneer President and CEO Thomas Amell. 

May 7, 2023

The Daily Gazette: High Notes: Alzheimer’s help, Thanksgiving in April, free books and clothes

Pioneer collected more than 1,500 canned goods and non-perishable food items to benefit St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany.

April 20, 2023

Albany Business Review: Pioneer names new head of insurance and benefits, with plans to grow

Pioneer has hired Todd Shepersky as vice president and insurance agency manager to lead its insurance and benefits division — a new position for the Colonie financial institution.

April 15, 2023

Albany Times Union: Young investors should also tackle debt, savings in tandem

Joseph Lindner, a senior wealth advisor for Pioneer Wealth Management, part of Pioneer Bank, says young investors should first look at their life as a business.

April 9, 2023

Albany Times Union: Browns buy back buildings, look to expand Troy operations

Through it all, Pioneer has had a close relationship with Brown’s Brewing that goes beyond just the financing. The bank staff also has helped nurture the business and the Browns.


March 29, 2023

Albany Business Review: WMHT's Anthony Hayes sees an opportunity to reach new audiences

He says the station is in excellent shape, but he also sees room to grow — and he wants to hear from the community on potential partnerships and what should come next for his organization.

March 19, 2023

Troy Record: 5 Questions with WMHT Public Media's new president and CEO Anthony V. Hayes 

"I’m passionate about delivering programs and services that expand thinking, challenge assumptions, and address the needs of underserved audiences, especially children and people of color. And I’m confident that WMHT Public Media has a unique ability to contribute to the overall success of this proud, historic, and beautiful region."

March 13, 2023

Albany Times Union: New leader of WMHT wants to expand audience, diversify local content

"We have the opportunity now to reach out to a wider, more diverse audience," said Anthony Hayes, President and CEO of WMHT Public Media. "And so that's what I'm referring to when I talk about engagement."

March 13, 2023

Albany Business Review: The next fallout from SVB collapse? What Albany CEOs are watching

Thomas Amell, CEO of Pioneer, said, "With these two banks, it's an isolated set of circumstances, one focused on the startup community and another heavily in cryptocurrency."

March 7, 2023

News 10 ABC Albany: Underground Railroad Education Center plans community expansion

The new space will include a pre-Revolutionary War era barn frame, repurposed as part of the main lobby and partially funded with a $75,000 loan from Pioneer, bringing even more local history to the heart of Albany.

March 5, 2023

Albany Business Review: Inside the Brown's Brewing Co. multimillion-dollar plan to expand after 30 years in business

Pioneer provided $2.4 million in financing toward the $3.7 million repurchase. The bank also helped finance the North Hoosick production facility and Walloomsac taproom.

February 23, 2023

NewsChannel 13 Albany: The Underground Railroad Education Center has plans to expand

The project costs roughly $8.5 million. Fundraising has already started, with Pioneer helping to jumpstart the project by providing a $75,000 loan.

February 23, 2023

Daily Gazette: WMHT’s first African American president emphasizes reaching out, building genuine relationships

Focusing on creating local content that accurately reflects each of the communities he serves, and proactively reaching out to a wider, more diverse pool of people to engage them are among the priorities of Anthony V. Hayes.

February 19, 2023

Albany Times Union: Plans for expansive Underground Railroad interpretive center in Albany take shape

The Stewarts have already made progress on fundraising, with a commitment of $75,000 from Pioneer. “When they came to us with this project we were excited to assist,” said Pioneer’s Amber Hensley, Business Banking Relationship Manager. “This is a huge part of Albany’s history so we were really excited.”

February 6, 2023

Spectrum News 1 Albany: Underground Railroad Education Center begins expansion

The barn is historically relevant to the time period of the Underground Railroad. Purchased with a $75,000 loan from Pioneer, the financial group kickstarted a fundraising effort that’s underway.

January 31, 2023

Albany Business Review: Why more Albany banks are building out wealth management teams

Pioneer wants to grow its wealth management division to $1 billion in assets under management in the next few years.

January 17, 2023

Albany Business Review: Commercial lenders see slowdown in Albany area activity

Pioneer chief executive Tom Amell and Jesse Tomczak, Pioneer's chief banking officer, said lending activity is down about 20% to 25% compared to last year. They expect that trend to continue in the first half of 2023 because of the current rate environment.

January 17, 2023

News 10 ABC Albany: Using a home equity line of credit

One way to access capital without the high interest rates of a credit card or traditional loan is by tapping into a home equity line of credit, as Pioneer Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Dan Cancelliere explained on News 10's "Money Mondays." 

January 17, 2023

The Berkshire Edge: WMHT Public Media names nationally recognized leader in public media Anthony V. Hayes as president and CEO

On Tuesday, January 17, WMHT Public Media, a multichannel public communications organization serving Eastern New York and Western New England, announced the appointment of Anthony V. Hayes as its next president and chief executive officer. 

January 17, 2023

Current: Anthony V. Hayes becomes CEO of WMHT Public Media

WMHT Public Media in Troy, N.Y., has selected Anthony V. Hayes as its new president and CEO, the station announced Tuesday.

January 17, 2023

Albany Business Review: WMHT names new president and CEO

The next president and CEO of WMHT Public Media will be Anthony V. Hayes, the public broadcasting organization announced Tuesday.

January 17, 2023

Albany Times Union: WMHT's new CEO arrives after leading PBS channel in Massachusetts

WMHT Public Media, the region's public television operation, has hired Anthony V. Hayes to replace Robert Altman, who is stepping down this year after 15 years as president and chief executive of WMHT.

January 15, 2023

Daily Gazette: HIGH NOTES: Helping kids at holidays, supplies for underprivileged, free language courses

In Colonie, The Wojeski Fund, a charitable fund sponsored by Wojeski & Company CPAs P.C. of Colonie, raised $90,000 last year to support children in need around the holidays.

January 4, 2023

News 10 ABC Albany: New partnership to offer coding education with CUNY

CanCode Communities, an Albany workforce training nonprofit that trains non-traditional students in software programming, is partnering with The City University of New York system for the first time to offer classes in New York City.

January 4, 2023

Albany Times Union: CanCode Communities signs training deal with CUNY in NYC

CanCode Communities, an Albany workforce training nonprofit that trains non-traditional students in software programming, is partnering with The City University of New York system for the first time to offer classes in New York City.

January 4, 2023

Altamont Enterprise: State awards funds for supportive housing

Nine organizations in the Capital District, including Rehabilitation Support Services, have received funding to pay for supportive housing to serve older adults, survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, and veterans and chronically homeless families, as well as individuals with a mental illness or substance use disorder.



If you’ve heard of CanCode, it’s likely the result of work done by Steve Janack. His strategic and tactical approach to PR, combined with his sage advice on interacting with individuals and companies at the highest levels of business, technology and government, have played an important role in raising awareness, building our brand, and creating opportunities to grow. Steve is a force and I am certain that having him by our side as we have grown has helped us go farther faster and with the poise and grace that only astute, experienced public relations know-how can bring to a fast-growing organization. I will be forever grateful to Steve for the work he has done for the CanCode organization.” 


Founder and CEO, CanCode Communities

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