Douglas C. Manditch, chairman and chief executive of Islandia-based Empire National Bank, has been elected to a one-year term as chair of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State.

His term begins Nov. 1.

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The organization, which represents banks with $10 billion in assets or less, has more than 60 members, Manditch said.

Empire National Bank has assets of $750 million.

Most of the association’s members are upstate, Manditch said.

“There is somewhat of a divide, numbers wise, between upstate and downstate banks,” Manditch said. “Part of it is there are more upstate community banks. Another reason is it’s somewhat inconvenient to get to the meetings, so geographically that will remain a challenge. But with technology, you don’t have to physically go to every meeting.”

The Albany-based association lobbies on behalf of community banks and also sponsors educational programs for its members.