Municipal Credit Union

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Municipal Credit Union
Credit union
Industry Financial services
Founded 1916
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Key people
Kam Wong, President/CEO
Products Savings; checking; consumer loans; mortgages; credit cards; online banking
Total assets $2.3B USD (2015)
Website nymcu.org

Municipal Credit Union (MCU) is a state chartered credit union headquartered in New York City, regulated under the authority of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). MCU is metro New York's largest credit union. As of 2015, MCU had $2.3 billion in assets, approximately 400,000 members, and 17 branches.[1]

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Municipal Credit Union was founded in 1916 for municipal workers in New York City. John Purroy Mitchel, New York City's Mayor at the time, wanted city employees to have alternatives to loan sharks and encouraged the chartering of the organization.

On November 2, 1977, the New York State Banking Department took over MCU for a brief time, citing loan delinquencies and corruption of Board members.[2]

In 1986, following the collapse of Hyfin Credit Union amidst charges of fraud and embezzlement, Hyfin was merged with Municipal Credit Union.[3]

A computer error in 2001 after the September 11 attacks allowed credit union members to withdraw amounts in excess of their accounts. In the month following the attacks, $15 million was stolen from MCU ATMs by its own members.[4] 118 members were charged in the thefts.[5]

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