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Community Bank plans to close in Rushville: Can a petition stop it?

Community Bank is planning to shutter it’s Rushville location this spring.

The deicision to close might not seem like a big deal to others in the Finger Lakes, or even those a few miles away from Rushville, which straddles the Ontario-Yates border.

However, for approximately 600 people who call Rushville home, Community Bank closing that branch is a very big deal.

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

The Canandaigua Messenger reported this week that Community Bank’s expected last day of operation will be on April 28th.

Officials told The Messenger that the decision to close wasn’t made light, but rather the best way to provide efficient service to customers.

“With over 200 customer facilities, we will be happy to help our customers with their banking needs at any neighboring Community Bank location, including our nearby branches in Canandaigua and Penn Yan,” bank officials said in a prepared statement. “Customers also have our digital tools and telephone banking options available, which allow customers to bank from anywhere, anytime. Our free online and mobile banking tools provide 24/7 digital account access and the ability to open accounts, apply for loans, prequalify for mortgages, transfer funds, deposit checks, check account balances and activity, pay bills and more.”

Elected leaders in Yates County say the number of Mennonite customers who use that branch is high. They also pointed out a higher-volume of elderly residents who don’t have access, or simply don’t use electronic devices to do things like banking.

A petition is underway to get Community Bank to change its mind.

Community Bank on Main St. in Rushville, New York.