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Banker expects more rules

Bridge Bancorp president Kevin O’Connor warned shareholders of the company, which owns Bridgehampton National Bank, to expect some kind of bank regulatory reform this year from Congress, although he said he didn’t know what shape it would take.

The reason it will pass, O’Connor said, is simple: “People do hate banks, and they’re going to try to punish them.”

He said he met recently with Long Island members of Congress in Washington, and he said they were glad to see him because bankers are one of the few people more loathed than politicians.

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